'Truly a miracle': Child who was thrown off 3rd level at MOA recovering

April 23, 2019 06:00 AM

Doctors are calling a 5-year-old boy's recovery after being thrown from the third level at the Mall of America "truly a miracle."

Pastor Mac Hammond addressed an Easter Service this past weekend, discussing an update on the boy's progress. 


Hammond said the boy -- who he identified as Landen -- had gone through an MRI that lasted about five hours. 

RELATED: Child thrown from third-floor balcony at MOA showing signs of recovery

"Doctors said they found no brain damage -- not even any swelling," Hammond said at the service. "No spinal damage, no nerve damage ... doctors are saying it is truly a miracle."

Hammond also noted the boy had suffered some small internal injuries, including a good amount of broken bones, but none of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening. 

According to Hammond, a physician working closely with the boy called it a miracle, as the injuries were similar to "falling off a bicycle rather than falling from three stories."

RELATED: Man accused of throwing child from MOA balcony makes first court appearance

The man accused of throwing him from the balcony, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, has been charged with first-degree premeditated attempt to commit murder in Hennepin County. 

A GoFundMe set up by a family friend has raised nearly $1 million.

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