A boy thrown from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern art gallery is mostly walking now after a long recovery, his family have said.
The French youngster was six when he was badly hurt in an attack by teenager Jonty Bravery at the London tourist attraction four years ago.
He survived the 100ft (30m) fall but suffered life-changing injuries, including a bleed on the brain and broken bones in August 2019.
His family, who call him ‘notre petit chevalier’ – our little knight – say he is now able to bend down, squat and grab his toys and clothes with both hands from his closet without falling or dropping them.
In an update posted on a GoFundMe page which has raised more than 400,000 euros (£343,000) for his recovery, that their house is being adapted for his ‘precarious’ walking.
They added: ‘More importantly, he now only uses his wheelchair for long outings.
‘We are therefore rearranging the house to adapt it to its new mode of travel: precarious walking.’
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The French youngster, who spent months in intensive care, has also developed a passion for green issues, his family says.
‘He reinvests what he learned this year at school, in particular to protect the planet: he does not forget to remind us to turn off the lights, to save water and collect all the trash he finds on the beach or in the forest,’ his family said.
‘We always have to have a bag on hand!’
He also undergoes intensive physiotherapy and calls his daily exercises his ‘Naruto training’ – a reference to the anime ninja character Naruto, who is known for his willpower.
‘It’s a lot of work but our son loves it, his efforts pay off,’ the family said.
The child is preparing for the new school year, and will now attend each morning, with group care and rehabilitation in the afternoons.
His memory is progressing, and he has been able to try and watch movies with his family, which was previously too exhausting.
‘We also took advantage of this summer to try watching films again as a family. Until now, it was too tiring for our son and he didn’t remember anything from it, but it’s finally starting to improve,’ his family said.
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