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After 9 surgeries, Parkland student who shielded classmates from bullets is back home

During the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, 15-year-old Anthony Borges barricaded a classroom door and then used his body to shield his classmates from the flying bullets.

Borges was shot five times and had to undergo nine surgeries. Doctors had to remove part of one of his lungs, and while he was shot three times in the legs, they say he'll be back to playing soccer one day. It's estimated his actions saved about 20 lives, but Borges told Today's Kerry Sanders he's just a typical teenager. His family's attorney, Alex Arreaza, disagrees. "He's a hero in my book," he said. Arreaza also revealed that the Borges family plans on holding a news conference soon to announce they are suing the high school for negligence.

Borges is now recovering at home, and he said he's feeling "good." He didn't think he was going to make it through the shooting, he told Today, and he's grateful to be alive. He's also enjoyed reading letters people have sent him from around the world, including Venezuela, where his family is from. Catherine Garcia