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UK: Boy thrown from Tate Modern balcony ‘goes home’

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Image captionThe six-year-old boy taken by air ambulance to Royal London Hospital

A boy who suffered catastrophic injuries when he was thrown from the balcony of the Tate Modern has been able to visit home, his family said.

Last August the boy, aged six at the time and visiting London from France with his family, fell 100ft (30m) and suffered life-changing injuries.

Now, the boy’s family says he is “happy to see his toys again”.

Jonty Bravery, 18, who threw the boy from the balcony, was convicted of his attempted murder and jailed, in June.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spent time at Royal London Hospital before moving to a hospital in France.

Audio recording of Jonty Bravery telling carers in autumn 2018 about his plan to commit murder
Video captionAudio recording of Jonty Bravery telling carers in autumn 2018 about his plan to commit murder

During Bravery’s sentencing, the court was told the boy would require round-the-clock care until at least 2022.

His injuries included a bleed to the brain and fractures to his spine and he has been left needing the use of a wheelchair.

An update posted on a GoFundMe site, which has raised almost £250,000 for the boy’s medical care, said his parents were able to bring him home “just for a weekend”.

“We took him to the sea and he was able to build sandcastles with a friend on the beach,” the statement said.

“He stays seated in one place, and we bring him what he needs to build. He couldn’t swim, of course, mainly because he still can’t move around without his splints.

“He also returned at home for the first time and he was super happy to see his house and his toys again, even though he couldn’t go upstairs to see his room.”

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Image captionThe boy had been visiting London from France with his parents

The parents thanked the public for their continued support and said their son’s reading, breathing and singing was improving “little by little”.

“He still spends most of his day in a wheelchair and still cannot walk on his own,” the statement added.

“But when we give him our hand, we don’t need to carry his weight anymore like before – it is mostly about helping him to find his balance.

“He can walk a few metres like that and he now also manages to climb one or two steps, always with our help.”

— bbc news