The boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America in Minnesota earlier this year is walking normally and has returned to school after months of treatment, his family announced.
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According to the family's GoFundMe page, 5-year-old Landen Hoffman came home from the hospital in August with an open wound on his abdomen and a limp because of a broken femur he suffered in the April 12 attack.
On that morning, Landen was out shopping with his mother and friends at the mall when a stranger, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, approached and hurled the boy over the railing to the first floor nearly 40 feet down.
Landen suffered numerous broken bones that required 15 surgeries, but luckily he showed no signs of brain damage, family said.
Aranda was later caught aboard a train. He has since pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder and was sentenced in June to 19 years in prison.
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Today Landen is in good spirits and able to attend the same kindergarten as his twin brother and sister, family said.
More than $1 million has been donated on a GoFundMe, where family posts regular updates about Landen’s recovery.
They describe him as "a strong, happy boy."
“He tells people all the time when they get hurt, don’t worry, I fell off a cliff, but Angels caught me and Jesus loves me, so I’m ok and you will be too!" reads a post on the site from Nov. 22.
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