In a statement, the family of Landen Hoffman – the five-year-old boy who was tossed off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America – confirmed that he is “alert and conscious.” The boy sustained serious injuries when he hit the ground on April 12, and even underwent a five-hour MRI to determine the extent of the damage prior to his waking.
The family also confirmed that the boy is no longer in critical condition, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
“All praise, glory and honor to God! He saved our son’s life and is healing him in the most miraculous ways,” said the statement from Landen’s family. ”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.”
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help cover Landen’s medical expenses. To date, over $1 million has been donated, and more than 28,000 people contributed to the fundraiser.
“We want to personally thank each and every one of you for your love, prayers and support,” said Landen’s family. “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.”
The news comes less than one week after the boy’s Woodbury, Minnesota church pastor, Mac Hammond, updated the congregation on Landen’s condition. He said Landen had undergone a five-hour MRI to assess his current state.
“There was zero evidence of brain damage – there wasn’t even swelling,” said Hammond. “No spinal cord injury, no nerve damage, no internal injuries that were life-threatening.”
He also noted that doctors were able to repair the boy’s nose and cheekbones, adding that they “were amazed at how everything just kind of fell back into place.”
Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was arrested for throwing Landen from the balcony. He faces attempted premeditated first-degree murder charges and is being held in Hennepin County Jail. He allegedly told police that he was in the mall looking for someone to kill, seeking revenge after several years of being rejected by women.
Aranda is scheduled to appear in court on May 14.