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The French boy, a tourist who was six years old at the time, was hospitalized with “catastrophic injuries” after teenager Jonty Bravery threw him from the 10th floor balcony in August 2019.

Emergency crews attend a scene at the Tate Modern art gallery, following the arrest of a 17-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was thrown from the 10th-floor observation deck.
Emergency crews attend a scene at the Tate Modern art gallery, following the arrest of a 17-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was thrown from the 10th-floor observation deck. (AAP)

The injured boy’s family said he is in less pain, has been lowered his medication and is trying to sing, in an update for supporters.

“Our son’s memory is greatly affected again. He no longer remembers what he did that day or what day it is,” they said Monday in a statement posted on a fundraising page created to support the family.

“Despite everything, he keeps pushing himself and moving forward: he starts walking with a tetrapod cane while we hold it by the back of the coat for balance.

“He also has less pain, so the doctors were able to lower his medication. He tries to do more and more things with his left arm like holding his tube of toothpaste or his glasses case to close it.”

“He keeps catching his breath. He still speaks very slowly, but now he speaks word for word and no longer syllable for syllable.

“He tries to sing and invent songs with rhymes. And he knew how to start using the blowpipe with the rehabilitators to continue improving his breathing.”

The boy was taken to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance. (AP)
Emergency crews attended the crime scene at the Tate Modern art gallery in 2019. (AP)

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, suffered life-changing injuries as a result of the five-story fall from an observation deck on the 10th floor, including a brain hemorrhage and a series of fractured bones.

At an initial hearing in August last year, a court heard that the boy was visiting the modern art museum with his family on August 4, 2019, when a stranger approached him, picked him up, and threw him off the observation deck. .

In the audience, it became known that the boy’s life was probably saved by the sloping roof of the fifth floor on which he landed.
Jonty Bravery, 18, will serve at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder for throwing the boy off the balcony. (AP)

“The injuries he caused are horrible. That child has suffered permanent, life-changing injuries.”

Judge McGowan said a doctor diagnosed Bravery with an autism spectrum disorder and a personality disorder, which “overlapped.”

“Those conditions alone do not explain his crime and his general behavior,” he said.

Judge McGowan said Bravery searched the Internet the day and the day before the attack “for information on the murder of people and the effect that autism would have on sentencing.”


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