A new film by the Bleacher Report follows Parkland shooting survivor Anthony Borges’ recovery from his multiple gun shot wounds to his return to the soccer field.
“I like to play soccer every day. (I) try hard to do my best,’’ says the 16-year-old in the film which showed him kicking a soccer ball on a field. The film debuted Mnday on the sports website https://bleacherreport.com
Borges was shot five times and credited as a hero for using his body to block the door of a classroom full of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Senior High last year.
“That was the moment I thought I was going to die and closed the door,’’ Borges recalled in Spanish of the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students and faculty members and wounded 17 others. “I did it because, as I was going to die, I wanted to give my last moment to the people so they could save themselves and enjoy life longer.”
In addition to Borges, the 10-minute film includes interviews with his parents Royer Borges and Emily Delfin, the teenager’s Coral Springs soccer coach Robert Viera.
Although Borges survived the Parkland shooting, he was one of the most critically injured. Bullets ripped into his lung, abdomen and legs. The film shows him in the hospital struggling through painful therapy while wearing a colostomy bag. Cameras capture him shirtless and full of scars under his arm pit, abdomen and back.
He was released from Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale in April of 2018, some two months after the shootings.
But the film also chronicled how one of his dreams came true. Last month, Borges and his family were invited to Spain to meet his favorite soccer team, Futbol Club Barcelona. The family toured the team’s Camp Nou stadium and watch one of their games.
“It’s amazing,’’ a beaming Borges says of the experience. “I don’t have words to describe how beautiful this is.”