Landen Hoffman fell off from the third floor of a Mall of America balcony. The child fell nearly 40 feet before landing on the first floor after sustaining severe injuries.
A five-year-old boy who was tossed off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America is back in school after being released from the hospital in August. Landen Hoffman's family shared this joyous update on his family-run GoFundMe page— which successfully raised over $1 million— on Friday and provided a touching glimpse into his life now.
"He loves being back to school and going to kindergarten at the same school his twin brother and sister go to. He gets out of the car every morning happy and blows kisses all the way in!" read the post.
"He’s a strong, happy boy. When his mommy asks him if she can look at his wound or asks how he’s doing, he always responds with ‘Mom, I’m healed, you don’t need to ask me anymore.’ Landen loves life and Jesus! He tells people all the time when they get hurt, don’t worry, I fell off a cliff, but Angels caught me and Jesus loves me, so I’m ok and you will be too!" continued the statement.
Hoffman sustained critical injuries, including broken bones in his arms, legs, and head trauma on April 12, 2019. Reports state that Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 25, picked up the boy "without warning" and hurled him off the balcony in Minnesota's Mall of America.
Landen who was flung from the third floor fell down nearly 40 feet before landing on the first floor. Bloomington police arrived at the scene and took Aranda into custody after he attempted to flee the scene following the incident.
He was then charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder, reports PEOPLE. In May, he pleaded guilty to his crime and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
"He (Landen) has good memories of all the people who loved him and cared for him in the hospital, so to him follow-up appointments are fun! We have many coming up in December, so please keep praying," added Landen's family in the post.
"Landen knows people all over the world are praying for him and he loves all the cards he keeps getting in the mail. His whole family feels the love and are so grateful for the prayers and people like you who care so much about others! There was one bad person, but from that came millions of Good people!"
Despite the severity of the attack, Landen continued to make a swift recovery that even astonished the doctors. "He came home with a limp and uneven legs from a two-time broken femur, an open wound on his belly we were taking care of every night, and many follow up appointments and medications. Since then he has had many physical therapies to work on his walking," wrote his family updating the public about Landen's health condition.
"Mom has been doing everything she can to speed up the healing of his wound and working toward getting off some of his medications. He is now walking perfectly with even legs Amen. The wound has finally scabbed over and new skin is growing, and we are still optimistic he will be off some of his medications soon."