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B​oy Thrown From Tate Modern Balcony Goes Home For First Time

B​oy Thrown From Tate Modern Balcony Goes Home For First Time

The young boy thrown from the balcony of the Tate Modern has finally been able to go home, his family have said in a statement, adding that the child was 'super happy' to get back.

The boy was six when he was hurled 100ft (30m) from the building's viewing platform last August, having been visiting London from France with his family.

Miraculously, he survived the fall, but suffered life-changing injuries, spending time at Royal London Hospital before being moved to a hospital in France.

However, now the boy's family have said he's been able to return home 'just for the weekend' as he continues to improve.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

A statement said: "We took him to the sea and he was able to build sandcastles with a friend on the beach.

"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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After suffering a bleed to the brain and fractures to the spine, the child now has to use a wheelchair, but the family said his reading, breathing and singing were improving 'little by little'.

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Thanking the public for their support, the parents' statement continued: "He still spends most of his day in a wheelchair and still cannot walk on his own.

"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."

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Jonty Bravery, 18, who threw the boy from the balcony, was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for at least 15 years in June.

Jonty Bravery. Credit: PA
Jonty Bravery. Credit: PA

Bravery, who has autism and was 17 at the time of the incident, was warned he 'may never be released'.

In a victim statement released in February, the boy's parents referred to Bravery's actions as 'unspeakable'.

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A spokesman for Tate Modern said: "A full security review was undertaken, as would happen after any major incident, and we continue to follow best practice guidelines to keep the public safe."

A GoFundMe campaign set up on behalf of the family, where the latest update had been posted, has raised more than €267,391.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]