Family of boy thrown from MOA balcony reveals extent of his injuries

The 5-year-old remains in intensive care following the April attack.
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The family of the 5-year-old boy thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America have revealed for the first time the full extent of his horrific injuries.

The boy, known only as Landen, remains in intensive care at Children's Minneapolis following the shocking attack on April 12 that saw him thrown over the railing on the Bloomington mall's third floor, landing 40 feet below.

His attacker, Emmanuel Aranda, was sentenced to 19 years in prison earlier this month for attempted murder.

In an update posted to the family's GoFundMe page, the boy's family acknowledges that it has preferred to keep his recovery private to this point, noting "we have let our hopes govern what we have revealed to the public."

But they then say that the boy has suffered from "severe complications" that have now resulted in "more than 15 separate medical procedures or surgeries, including surgeries for two broken arms and a broken leg, removal of his spleen, procedures for fluid in his lungs and stomach, as well as for facial and skull fractures."

This weekend he also had a stent place in a vein that runs through his liver following another complication.

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"He remains in intensive care where he has been since his admission, under constant treatment and monitoring, and we are still unsure when our family will be able to return home," it adds.

"Throughout, your support has lifted each of us and reminded us of the power of God’s love. But our focus must continue to be solely on his recovery and the health of our entire family. Thanks again to each of you for your prayers and best wishes."

The GoFundMe campaign total currently stands at just over $1.033 million, one of the biggest in the fundraising site's history.

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