Boy attacked at Mall of America is now 'alert and conscious'

The latest family statement is a hugely positive one.
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The 5-year-old boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America is "alert and conscious," according to the latest statement from his family.

The boy, known only as Landen, has been in intensive care at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis for two weeks, since the horrifying incident that saw him thrown approximately 40 feet to the ground in a random attack.

But on Friday, a statement released through his family states he is now out of critical condition, is "alert" and conscious.

While he's expected to undergo a long rehabilitation and will require more surgeries, his family hopes he'll be well enough to return home by June.

They asked people to "keep praying for our son."

The update comes as the GoFundMe campaign launched to raise money for Landen is just a few thousand dollars away from reaching $1 million.

It is one of the largest GoFundMe campaigns ever recorded by the site.

The extent of the boy's injuries have not been revealed, but the family's pastor recently said that he avoided brain damage and spinal injuries.

The man accused of throwing him, 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda, is awaiting his next court hearing after being charged with first-degree attempted murder.

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