Family says boy thrown from Mall of America balcony is out of intensive care

The family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America in April announced that he has been removed from intensive care to undergo an inpatient physical rehabilitation program.

"There is hard work ahead! And, our beautiful boy has endured much already, but he is strong and his spirit remains vibrant,'' the family wrote Thursday on the online fundraising page for his medical expenses.

The family wrote that the boy, identified only as Landen, has been moved to a physical rehabilitation program at another hospital "to help him continue to heal and focus on the next phase of his recovery."

In late June, the family announced that Landen was on "a challenging road to recovery" after undergoing more than 15 medical procedures and surgeries.

The boy was thrown down about 40 feet from a third-floor balcony at the famous mall in Minnesota on April 12 by Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, authorities said.

Aranda, 24, was sentenced to 19 years in prison on June 3 for first-degree attempted murder.

He told police he had come to the mall looking to kill someone after women there had rejected his advances. He randomly decided on the boy after initially targeting an adult.

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BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 23: Police line up to move Black Lives Matter protestor out of the rotunda area of the Mall of America on December 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis staged a brief protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN before moving their protest to the airport. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: An exterior view of Mall of America during a media tour of its security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: Shoppers walk through Mall of America during a media tour of its security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: Mall of America and Bloomington Police walk the halls during a media tour of Mall of America security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 23: Mall of America Director of Security Major Doug Reynolds and Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts walk the mall during a tour of Mall of America security systems on February 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Black Lives Matter protesters silently walk out the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota December 23, 2015. Demonstrations by Black Lives Matter to protest police killings of black men took place in Minnesota and California on Wednesday, a day the activist group dubbed "Black Xmas" to show it could impact the economy on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. REUTERS/Craig Lassig
Tom Haglund (top), dressed as scuba Santa, swims over holiday shoppers from within a saltwater reef tank at the Underwater Adventures Aquarium in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota December 23, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES)
Tom Haglund (L), dressed as scuba Santa, waves to children while swimming within a saltwater reef tank at the Underwater Adventures Aquarium in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota December 23, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES)
Children ride a carousel at Nickelodeon Universe, an indoor amusement park, in the center of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: CITYSPACE TRAVEL)
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BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 23: A screen in the rotunda of the Mall of America notifies mall goers that unauthorized demonstration is against mall policy on December 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis staged a brief protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN before moving their protest to the airport. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 23: Mall goers and police queue up to around the rotunda of the Mall of America waiting for the planned Black Lives Matter demonstration on December 23, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis staged a brief protest at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN before moving their protest to the airport. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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The family announced in late April that Landen was on the road to recovery after he was no longer in critical condition.

Two months later, they detailed his litany of injuries, writing that they included "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; and just this past weekend, he had a stent placed in a vein that runs through his liver because of the serious complications he continues to endure."

An online fundraiser for the boy has raised more than $1 million in three months to help cover the medical bills for his numerous surgeries.

"We continue to be eternally grateful for every prayer, every act of kindness and the love this world has show us throughout this journey,'' his family wrote on Thursday.

 

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