Anthony Borges took bullets for classmates in Parkland school shooting

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Anthony Borges is now recovering in hospital with multiple gunshot wounds after surviving the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel visits Anthony Borges, 15, in the hospital on Sunday.

Sheriff Israel verified a Gofundme account for Anthony Borges on Twitter to help in his long road to recovery as he will be requiring more surgeries. A bullet also went through his back.

"None of us knew what to do". "So, he took the initiative just to save his other classmates". The page, which was created by Borges' father Royer Borges, has received an overwhelming response from donors, and has managed to raise $336,710 so far in a span of four days. Among them is of Aaron Feis, the school's football coach who threw himself in front of students to protect them from gunfire.

Borges was the last wounded victim of the shooting to be in critical condition, but has since been updated to fair.

The shooting in Parkland left 17 people dead, mostly students.

Anthony Borges has been praised for his bravery protecting 20 students by holding a classroom door shut to prevent shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz from entering.

"I only ask that people pray for him", Royer Borges said. "Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas", the sheriff said.

"He told me later 'I had to drop the phone because I thought he was coming in and I wanted to pretend I was asleep so he wouldn't continue shooting, " Borges told CNN's Spanish language service.

The father said others who were inside the building with the gunman shared stories of his son's courageous actions that might have saved the lives of other students.

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