Child Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Landen Hoffman Leaves Intensive Care

August 2, 2019 Updated: August 3, 2019

Family and friends of a child who survived being thrown from the third floor of a Minnesota shopping mall, are relieved to share he was moved out of intensive care on August 1.

After spending more than three months in intensive care at Children’s Minnesota Landen Hoffman, 5, is now on the road to recovery, his family confirmed.

“We are happy to report that our son is no longer in intensive care and has been moved to an inpatient, physical rehab program at another hospital to help him continue to heal and focus on the next phase of his recovery,” family spokesperson Noah Hanneman said on Gofundme.

The Associated Press (AP) revealed Hoffman had more than 15 surgical procedures after he suffered two broken arms, a broken leg, facial and skull fractures, and injuries to his spleen from hitting the ground from nearly 40 feet above at the Mall of America in Bloomington, 10 miles south of downtown Minneapolis.

“He had a stent placed in a vein that runs through his liver because of the serious complications he continues to endure,” Hanneman said.

Attacker Emmanuel Aranda, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder and Hennepin County District Court sentenced him to 19 years in jail.

Aranda previously confessed that he was “looking for someone to kill” after women had rejected his advances, so he randomly tossed Hoffman off the mall’s third-floor balcony back on April 12, according to AP.

The family has forgiven Aranda for hurting Hoffman and said he failed to remove the joy in their lives.

“I want you to know I forgive you, not because what you did was okay, not because I want to but because God wants me to,” the mother said according to the family’s impact statement on Gofundme. “I’m not letting you take any part of our family, you’re not taking our love, our joy, our peace … I refuse to be full of anger and hatred, I refuse to let you take my joy.”

The family also has no resentment towards Aranda.

“Holding hate only harms me and I will not allow that,” the father said according to the impact statement.

The family revealed on Gofundme there is still much “hard work” to be done before Hoffman can lead a normal life.

“Our beautiful boy has endured much already but he is strong and his spirit remains vibrant,” Hanneman said. “It has been so hard for our young son and our family.”

There has been an overwhelming show of generosity for the child’s speedy recovery, with more than $1 million already donated to help cover what the family called “immense” medical and rehabilitation costs.

“We continue to be eternally grateful for every prayer, every act of kindness, and the love this world has shown us throughout this journey,” Hanneman said.

The family now looks forward to welcoming Hoffman home.

“We are still unsure when our family will be able to return home,” Hanneman said. “Our family is anxiously awaiting the time when he gets to go back to a living a normal childhood.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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