WOODBURY, Minn. — The Woodbury boy thrown from a Mall of America balcony is “walking perfectly,” the family said in a post.
Landen, who was five at the time of the incident April 12, was hospitalized for five months with multiple injuries after a Minneapolis man picked him up and threw him over a third-story balcony. Emmanuel Aranda is serving a 19-year prison sentence for attempted premeditated first-degree murder.
“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,” the family posted about Landen’s recovery. “Since then he has had many physical therapies to work on his walking. Mom has been doing everything she can to speed up the healing of his wound and working toward getting off some of his medications.”
The boy, identified in court only as Landen, needed multiple surgeries for head trauma and broken bones.
“He is now walking PERFECTLY with even legs AMEN,” the post said. “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.”
The family has guarded his privacy and turned down public interviews but has consistently posted updates on the GoFundMe page.
Aranda, who said he went to the mall that day “looking for someone to kill,” randomly picked Landen. He was arrested that same hour after a chase through the mall by police and bystanders.
Since that day, the family has been struggling to return to normal, posting their frustration on how long the healing process is taking, but thanking God that Landen survived at all.
“He loves being back to school and going to kindergarten at the same school his twin brother and sister go to,” the Nov. 22 post said. “He gets out of the car every morning happy and blows kisses all the way in! He’s a strong, happy boy.”
When his mother asks him how he’s doing, he tells her, “Mom, I’m healed, you don’t need to ask me anymore,” the post said. “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!'”
The family said he has good memories of all the people who loved him and cared for him in the hospital. He still faces several doctor’s appointments, but is very appreciative of the support he’s received from the community.
“His whole family feels the love and are so grateful for the prayers and people like you who care so much about others!” the family said. “There was one bad person, but from that came millions of Good people!”