A Florida student is being hailed a hero after saving 20 people during the Parkland school shooting by using his own body to shield them from gunfire.
Anthony Borges, a soccer player at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just outside Miami, is being treated in hospital after his selfless act on Valentine's Day.
The 15-year-old was shot five times by alleged mass murderer Nikolas Cruz as the expelled former student, 19, went on a killing spree that claimed 17 lives.
Yesterday the sheriff of Broward County visited the brave young boy as he lay in hospital.
Yesterday the sheriff of Broward County visited the brave young boy as he lay in hospital. The sheriff's office tweeted: 'Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed'
A fellow student and friend of Borges' (left), Carlos Rodriguez, said the bold youngster 'took the initiative just to save his other classmates'. Right: Alleged mass murderer Nikolas Cruz
The sheriff's office tweeted: 'Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed.
'Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas,' it added.
Sheriff Scott Israel was 'honored' to visit the boy, his office added.
His father Royer, meanwhile, said he asks only that people 'pray for him'.
Speaking to ABC News, he explained what happened after the massacre: 'He just called me and says, "Dad, somebody shot me in the back and my leg, too".'
He added: 'He's my hero.'
A fellow student and friend of Borges', Carlos Rodriguez, said the bold youngster 'took the initiative just to save his other classmates'.
Cruz admitted to carrying out the shooting rampage on Wednesday that left 17 students and staff dead
Suspected school shooter Nikolas Cruz (L) stands with assistant public defender Melisa McNeill (R) as he makes a video appearance in Broward County court before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica in Fort Lauderdal on Thursday
'None of us knew what to do,' he said.
Rodriquez added that he is alive because of Borges, who fled with other students to hide in a locked room.
He put his body between the bullets and his fellow students, allowing them to escape while taking shots to the legs and back.PICTURED: Fourteen students, geography teacher, coach and athletic director shot dead in Florida high school massacre
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, (left) was described by relatives as a 'kind-hearted, sweet' girl. She attended the school with her younger brother who survived and rushed home afterwards. Senior Nicholas Dworet (right) was a gifted swimmer who had his sights set on 2020 Tokyo Olympics success. His devastated college student girlfriend is among those grieving his death. Friends said he was not just a talented athlete, but a 'good guy' who will be missed
Martin Duque, 14, (left) was missing for hours on Wednesday and his frantic family desperately appealed for him to get in touch on social media. On Thursday, his older brother Miguel confirmed his death. Martin was a freshman. Meadow Pollack, 18, (right) was preparing for college. Her father was at the school on Wednesday and showed her photograph around in the hope that she would be found alive
Cara Loughran (left) was missing on Wednesday afternoon. Her mother Denise and her father rushed to the designated hotel where parents were told to go to be reunited with their children in the hope that she would be found alive. Her grieving neighbor confirmed her death on Thursday. Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, (right) was eulogized by her mother who said she was a talented soccer player and creative mind. 'All she had to offer the world was love... I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed,' she said
Luke Hoyer, 15, (left) was described as a 'precious' child by his grandparents who confirmed his death. They found out about the shooting on television. They said he was a 'good kid' who 'never got in trouble'. Joaquin Oliver, 17, (right) was also killed. Joaquin was a Venezuelan immigrant who came to the US with his family for a 'better future', they said on Thursday
Gina Montalto, 15, (left) was described as a 'light and joy'. She and Jaime, another victim, volunteered at a local project called The Friendship Initiative where they acted as buddies for children with special needs. Gina's mother Jennifer shared pleas to find her on social media on Wednesday. Alaina Petty, 14, (right) was also killed. Her Mormon church confirmed her death, saying she was a 'valiant' member
Carmen Schentrup, 16, (left) was also killed in the shooting. Carmen was a gifted student who last year was named as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. It includes students who score above average in their SATs or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. ROTC student Peter Wang, 15, (right) also died. His parents speak little English and relied on their neighbor to post social media appeals looking for him. They went to the Marriott hotel with other parents to wait for news of him on Wednesday night and have since confirmed that he was among those killed
Alex Schachter, 14, (left) was also killed. His mother died when he was a child and he attended the school in Florida with his brother, who survived. The teenager's father Max said he was a 'sweetheart of a child' who 'just wanted to do well and please his parents'. Helena Ramsey, 17, (right) was described by relatives as a 'reserved' and studious girl who was due to go to college next year
Geography Scott Beigel, 35, (left) was shot dead as he tried to lock the door of his classroom again after letting a group of fleeing students in to hide. They were running away from the gunman. Aaron Feis, 37, (right) died acting as a human shield. The track coach had thrown himself on top of the kids to stop the bullets from hitting him. He was a former student and was also a security guard at the school where he had worked for eight years
Athletic director Chris Hixon, 49, was also killed shielding students