In a turn of events doctors are describing as “truly a miracle,” a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America has shown no signs of brain damage despite the life-threatening fall.
Mac Hammond, pastor of the family’s church, revealed on Easter Sunday that the boy, identified as Landen, recently went through a five-hour MRI, which yielded results doctors referred to as “truly a miracle,” Fox News reports.
“There was zero evidence of brain damage…there wasn’t even swelling in the brain,” Hammond told the congregation. “No spinal cord injury, no nerve damage, no internal injuries that were life-threatening. There was some small internal bleeding that had to be addressed.”
“One of his attending physicians said this: ‘This is truly a miracle. It’s like he fell off a bicycle instead of off the third floor of the mall,’” he added.
Police say Landen was thrown an estimated 40 feet over the railing to the Minnesota mall’s first floor while standing with his mother outside the third-floor Rainforest Café on April 12.
According to authorities, suspect Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, flung the boy over the railing after choosing him at random because he was “looking to kill someone” at the mall. He said he had planned to kill an adult standing near the railing, but picked the young victim instead, according to the criminal complaint.
Witnesses said Aranda took off running after throwing the child but was “quickly” found by officers in the mall who then took him into custody.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett