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'Alert and conscious' family says of 5-year-old boy thrown off balcony at Mall of America

Landen is also no longer in critical condition

April 26, 2019 - 2:47 pm
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The five-year-old boy thrown over a third floor balcony at the Mall of America two weeks ago has made a dramatic recovery: he is awake and is no longer in critical condition, according to his family. 

"We are so elated to let you know that our son is now alert and conscious and is no longer in critical condition", the family's spokesperson Stephen Tillit read in a statement to reporters on Friday afternoon.

Only three days ago Landen, the boy who suffered "significant" injuries on April 12 after having been tossed from the balcony and falling approximently 40-feet, was still in intensive care and under sedation. The family said that now they are plannigng for his return, though there is still progress to be made. "We are now turning our focus to additional surgeries, healing, rehabilitation and eventually a return home, which we hope will happen by June," Tillit said. 

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 A Go Fund Me to pay for Landen's medical expenses raised nearly $1 million. The family expessed their gratitude. "Your love and generosity overwhelms and means so much to us", the family's statement says. 

The man arrested for throwing the boy, 24-year old Emmanuel Aranda, is in jail charged with attempted murder.

Here is the full statement from the family:

All praise, glory and honor to Jesus! He saved our son’s life and is healing him in the most miraculous ways. We are so elated to let you know that our son is now alert and conscious and is no longer in critical condition! We are now turning our focus to additional surgeries, healing, rehabilitation and eventually a return home, which we hope will happen by June.

We want to personally thank each and every one of you for your love, prayers and support. We are astounded and so blessed by the over 28,000 individuals and families, from literally around the world, that have donated to our gofundme page. Your love and generosity overwhelms and means so much to us! We have no idea where we would be without you - God and your prayers have sustained us.

As we have done before, we want to continue our plea and gratitude for your continued respect of our family’s privacy. The road to recovery remains long, but with God and you, we are assured to make it through. Please keep praying for our son and may our loving God bless you and everyone you love.

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