Landen Hoffman, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown nearly 40 feet from the third story balcony at the Mall of America, returned home from the hospital Tuesday. (Christian Broadcasting Service)
Hoffman was hospitalized with two broken arms, a broken leg and fractures to his face and skull when Emmanuel Aranda, 24, tossed him about 40 feet during a random attack at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. on April 12.
He was forced to undergo 15 separate medical procedures and surgeries due to the injuries and “severe complications.” He returned home months later.
Now, Hoffman said to be enjoying life and is going to kindergarten with his twin brother and sister.
Bloomington, Minnesota, USA aa August 23, 2011: Mall of America sign above the south main visitor entry.
“He gets out of the car every morning happy and blows kisses all the way in! He’s a strong, happy boy,” the post added. “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!”
It continued: “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!”
Hoffman has plenty of great memories during his time with “all of the people who loved him and cared for him at the hospital” and he’s been loving all the cards he’s been getting in the mail, his family said.
“We have many coming up [follow-up appointments] in December, so please keep praying,” the post said, adding: “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!”
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, charged with attempted homicide of a 5-year-old boy thrown or pushed from a third-floor balcony at Minnesota’s Mall of America, is seen in this photo released by police in Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S., on April 12, 2019. Courtesy City of Bloomington Police Department/Handout via REUTERS- RC11096C2F20