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Family: Boy In MOA Attack Out Of Critical Condition; GoFundMe Surpasses $1M

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- The family of a 5-year-old boy who was injured when he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America says the boy is now out of critical condition, and is alert and conscious.

They said the recovery for the boy would be long, but they expect him to be home by sometime in June. They said they're now turning their focus on the additional surgeries the boy will undergo in the healing process.

The attorney for the family said they were 'thrilled' to share this latest update on Landen.

"Please keep praying for our son," the family said in a newly released statement. "All praise, glory and honor to Jesus. He saved our son's live and is healing him in the most miraculous way. ... We want to thank personally each and every one of you for your love, prayers and support."

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The family also thanked the 28,000-plus individuals and families who donated to the GoFundMe page set up for the boy's family, which surpassed its $1 million goal Friday afternoon.

"Your love and generosity overwhelms and means so much to us. We have no idea where we would be without you. God and your prayers have sustained us," the family said through their attorney.

During his Easter sermon, Pastor Mac Hammond said said the boy has no signs of brain damage or swelling, and added the boy's grandfather called him to deliver the good news following a five-hour MRI. Hammond said one of the boy's attending physicians called his recovery "truly a miracle."

Emmanuel Aranda, who faces one felony count of attempted premeditated first-degree murder in connection to the incident, made his initial court appearance last week. Aranda returns to court May 14. His bail remains at $2 million.

A mailing address has also been set up for cards and well wishes to the boy:

Prayers for Landen
PO Box 43516
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443-4200

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