The 5-year-old boy who was violently thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minneapolis has now regained consciousness and is “alert,” a family representative said on Friday.
The representative, Stephen Tillitt read a statement from Landen’s family to the media.
The family is giving all the glory to God.
"All praise and glory and honor to Jesus," the statement read. "He saved our son’s life and is healing him in the most miraculous ways."
The statement added: "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 thank each and every one of you for your love, prayers and support.”
The little boy is also no longer listed in critical condition, which is miraculous. He will require additional surgeries, however.
“On the morning of Friday, April 12, the boy and his mother were at the mall with a friend and their child. They were outside the Rainforest Café when a stranger approached them, picked up Landen and threw him over the balcony,” Fox9 reported.
The report added: “The boy fell approximately 39 feet, according to police. Officers rendered aid to him and he was taken to Children’s Hospital.”
Police quickly apprehended the suspect responsible, identified as 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda. He has been charged with first-degree attempted premeditated murder.
Doctors were stunned when an MRI showed the boy suffered no brain damage. His other injuries were also not as severe as doctors would anticipate from such a fall.
A GoFundMe for Landed has now surpassed its $1 million goal. The money will allow his family to pay for his medical care and rehabilitation.
Praise be to God!