Tate Modern fall: Boy who fell five floors able to move his legs

BY TOBY PORTER
toby@slpmedia.co.uk

A six-year-old boy who fell five floors from a viewing balcony is able to move his legs and go outside, according to his family.

The boy, who was visiting London with his family, suffered a deep bleed to the brain from the incident on August 4.

The six-year-old, who is a French national, uses a wheelchair but can move his legs “just a tiny bit,” his family said.

A court previously heard he sustained a fractured spine, along with leg and arm fractures.

Last month, the family revealed the boy moved out of intensive care into a rehabilitation centre with an “armour of splints” keeping his limbs in place as they heal.

His family thanked well-wishers for their support and said he remained in hospital, in a statement.

They said: “We would like to share with you some good news of our little knight. He is making lots of progresses.

“We can now bring him outside in a wheelchair to breathe fresh air.

“He begins to move his legs since a few days, just a tiny little bit, but it is really wonderful to see.”

A GoFundMe page has raised almost £120,000 for the boy and his family to help with medical funds.

A previous family statement in September said: “Even if he can’t speak or move his body for the moment, we now know for sure that he understands us.

“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.”

Jonty Bravery, 18, is accused of attempted murder. He is due to appear in court for a plea hearing next month.

Bravery was 17 when he was charged in August but could not be named until his 18th birthday in October.

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