The boy was grabbed by a stranger and thrown off from the third floor balcony of the mall, an incident that has shocked many.
A lot of us do not believe in miracles but the story of a young boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America will change your opinion on that.
According to CBN News, Landen Hoffman, a five-year-old boy was attacked and thrown from the third floor of the mall by a stranger. The tragic incident left many angered and saddened, but the little boy has shown that miracles are, in fact, possible. Little Landen has defied all odds and is now said to be recovering with no brain damage. The incident has astonished everyone including doctors.
On April 12, Landen along with his friends and mother were shopping in the mall when the tragic attack took place. The stranger, now identified as 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda grabbed the little boy and threw him off the balcony, from a height of nearly 40 feet. Landen was treated at the scene and was soon transported to the hospital. He is said to have sustained broken bones in his legs and arms. Doctors were, however, concerned about any damages caused in the brain due to the fall.
As per the latest reports by CBS News, Mac Hammond, the pastor at the family church of Landen during the Easter service said that Laden's grandfather had called him to inform the good news. He said that in an MRI that lasted for five hours, the boy showed no signs of brain damage or swelling. The doctors referred to the results as "truly a miracle."
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"There was zero evidence of brain damage - there wasn't even swelling in the brain," Hammond said on Sunday. "No spinal cord injury, no nerve damage, no internal injuries that were life-threatening."
Hammond, who leads Living Word Christian Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota also added that according to the medical team, Landen’s injuries were more consistent with a bicycle fall than a three-story plummet. "This is truly a miracle. It's like he fell off a bicycle instead of off the third floor of the mall," Hammond said recalling the words of the physician.
The pastor described Landen as the sweetest, kindest 5-year-old you will ever meet" and a "strong survivor" calling his recovery an Easter miracle. "This is resurrection power...this is what the Word will do. It'll open up power to you to restore whatever the enemy is able to bring about or fend him off completely," said Hammond, as per CBN News.
A GoFundMe page set up for the family has nearly raised $1 million to cover the costs of medical treatments. The boy's family also shared a statement on the page that said," our son remains in intensive care, under sedation, and under close monitoring as we stay patient to allow him to heal." The family also showed their gratitude to people who supported them and thanked everyone for their prayers.
Emmanuel Aranda, 24 who threw the boy off the balcony has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder. According to the USA today, the accused who was rejected by a woman at the mall was looking to kill someone. Police said that the man who wanted to hurt an adult changed his mind and grabbed the little boy.