Landen Hoffman, the five-year-old thrown from a third-floor Mall of America balcony earlier this year, has returned home after five months of medical care.
The boy’s tragic story went viral after he was thrown over a railing by a stranger, falling almost 40-feet to the ground below.
Hoffman suffered multiple fractures and severe head trauma, and was in critical condition in hospital. Now, however, new reports say that he has been deemed healthy enough to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation at home.
Landen’s family announced via their GoFundMe Page that that he had completed inpatient rehabilitation and has now left the hospital. It’s been five months since the incident that almost claimed his life.
The update reads: “Thank you to all of you who prayed for us and loved us during the past 4 ½ months. You helped to give us hope and show us the Glory of God’s great love here on earth even during the darkest of days.”
Back in August, it was confirmed that Landen had moved from intensive care to a rehabilitation program. His injuries were severe, and the 5-year-old required multiple surgeries for head trauma and broken bones in the aftermath of the attack.
The man responsible, 25-year-old Emmanuel Aranda, was not known to Landen’s family, and allegedly told investigators that he had headed to the mall on that day simply “looking for someone to kill.”
Aranda was charged with attempted premeditated murder in the April 12 incident. After pleading guilty in May he was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
Way to go little Landen Hoffman! We’re so happy you’re home and continuing with your recovery.
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