News Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Tues. Mar. 13, 2018: Almost a month after he used his body as a shield to help save the lives of some 20 of his fellow students, a 15-year-old Venezuela-born, Marjory Stoneman Douglas hero student has had to endure another surgery while his family needs money to survive.
Anthony Borges, who took five bullets in the Feb. 14 massacre that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members, had to have surgery again late last week at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, according to his father Royer Borges, after doctors detected a possible abdominal infection and an ulcer in his small intestine from the impact of one of the bullets.
“So they decided to intervene and cut that section of the small intestine so that my son’s life wasn’t further compromised,” Mr. Borges wrote in a Facebook post. “They will make three or four more trips to the operating room during these coming days. They want to make sure they clean well and that all his organs are out of danger.”
But while Anthony continues to battle for his life, his parents have been unable to work since the shooting and have been unable to find economic assistance through other victims’ funds.
The $ 691,672 raised on GoFundMe to date is primarily for medical expenses and the family needs money to move into a house as Anthony is unable to traverse the stairs of his family’s fourth-story apartment.
As such they need help paying for the first, last, and security deposit for the family to move into a house as well as money for food and other needs, according to the organization, “No More Tears, which is helping the Borges family in the aftermath of the shooting.
According to the organization’s Facebook post, No More Tears is accepting donations through its website at nomoretearsusa.org/donate.
Donors using PayPal should type “Parkland Survivor” in the notes section of their submission to ensure the contribution is routed to the family, the Facebook post added.
Anthony Borges and his family immigrated from Ciudad Ojeda in Venezuela to South Florida. Prior to his being shot by Nokolas Bruz, Anthony was a soccer player at the Barca Academy in Fort Lauderdale, one of many youth programs operated by the powerhouse Futbol Club Barcelona in Spain.
The team’s top players have reportedly sent a signed a club jersey to him, according to the Associated Press and invited him to meet the squad. A story on the team’s site, fcbarcelona.com, quoted his father as being grateful for the gesture: “He never expected Barca to do this. Neither did I. When he was about to go in for surgery, by chance I heard the voicemail, because I couldn’t receive calls, and put the phone on loudspeaker so he could hear the message. He was smiling so much!”
His family has also announced their intent to file a lawsuit against Broward County officials stemming from the Feb. 14, 2018 tragedy.