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Boy who fell 5 floors at London museum making ‘amazing progress’, says his family


Emergency crews arrive at the Tate Modern on Aug. 4 after reports of a 6-year-old boy being tossed off a museum balcony. (Yui Mok/PA via Associated Press)

The 6-year-old boy hurled from a Tate Modern museum balcony is making “amazing progress,” according to his family.

The unidentified child of French heritage can’t talk or or move but does responds to smiling and laughing, reported BBC News.


“Even if he can’t speak or move his body for the moment, we now know for sure that he understands us,” said the family in a statement. “He smiles and we saw him laughing several times since a couple of days when we were telling him some funny things or when we were reading to him some stories. It gives us lots of strength and hope, as much as the strength you, all of you, give us since the beginning with your kind messages.”

His family was visiting the London attraction when a 17-year-old boy, who apparently had no connection to the victim, allegedly tossed him over a railing on Aug. 4.

Initially, the boy suffered a deep brain bleed after being thrown off a 10th-floor viewing platform.

The family statement concludes with the touching sentiment: “Thank you so much for what you do for our little boy and for us.”

A GoFundMe page has already raised about $65,000 for the family to defray medical costs.