5-year-old thrown from Mall of America balcony remains in intensive care

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BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota – The family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America has released new information about the April 12 attack in a statement to NBC News.

Landen remains in intensive care after suffering two broken arms, a broken leg, skull fractures and other serious injuries.

“The injuries and severe complications 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; 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,” the family said.

Emmanuel Aranda was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the attack.

“While the miracle of his survival is what we celebrate and thank Jesus for every day, we must also acknowledge that our beautiful boy has been on a very challenging road to recovery,” the family said. “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. 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. Please continue to pray for him.”

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