Boy from Tate Modern thrown onto balcony celebrates birthday with friends

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The boy who was thrown from the 10th floor of London’s Tate Modern art gallery has been able to celebrate his birthday with other children for the first time since the attack.

The French youngster was six years old when he was seriously injured in the attack by teenager Jonty Bravery on the tourist attraction in August 2019.

Bravery was jailed for 15 years after being convicted of attempted murder in 2020.

In a post on a GoFundMe page, his family said, “Our son could invite classmates and even one of his buddies from our old town could come!

“They had a great afternoon together, despite their differences in mobility. It was exhausting for us, but it was a step closer to a classic life, and it’s worth it.”

The fundraiser has raised more than €353,000 (almost £300,000) for the boy’s treatment and rehabilitation.

The boy moves his left ankle, has strengthened his back and has even tried to use the school cafeteria, but he is still very sensitive to noise.

His family said the new ankle movement is “still light, of course, but clearly visible for two weeks”.

They added: “Our little knight is getting more and more upright (he has gained muscle tone and strengthened his back) and he has made enough progress in his right ankle that his doctor can decide to remove the splint from the right foot!

“So our son only has two splints left, on the left foot and on the left hand. Little by little his armor is disappearing!”

The boy also has a “strong desire” to get into the water, having always loved swimming, but this can now only be managed with “great vigilance,” according to his relatives.

They said: “He still can’t keep his head under water because of his swallowing problems. Our son has to start all over again, but that doesn’t deter him!”

The family added: “Some periods are so difficult. Sadness and discouragement would sometimes grip us, but we must hold on and focus on all the progress that has been made. Thank you so much for continuing to think of our little knight and encouraging us.”

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