The family of a French schoolboy who cheated death after being pushed from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern, plunging 100ft, have shared an update on his recovery.
The youngster was just six when he was attacked at random by teenager Jonty Bravery in 2019 – who was jailed for 15 years for attempted murder in 2020. The court heard Bravery had intended to kill someone that day.
His victim, who was on holiday with his parents, survived the 100ft (30m) fall but suffered life-changing injuries, including a bleed on the brain and broken bones.
He has spent much of the last three years in a wheelchair and with splints on his legs and left arm – which has earned him the moniker ‘little knight’ among loved ones.
In an update on the boy’s condition posted on a GoFundMe set up for the family, it was said he can now ‘bend down, squat, grab his toys and clothes with both hands from his closet without falling or dropping them’.
The family of a French schoolboy who cheated death after being pushed from the 10th floor of the Tate Modern, plunging 100ft, have spoke of his recovery
The youngster was just six when he was attacked at random by teenager Jonty Bravery (pictured) in 2019 – who was jailed for 15 years for attempted murder in 2020
The family said he now only has to use his wheelchair for ‘long outings’, that his eyesight has ‘improved further’ and that he ‘enjoys’ watching films again – which had previously been tiring for him as he couldn’t remember the plot.
London nurse Vicky Diplacto, whose brother was paralysed after an accident overseas, set up the GoFundMe appeal to help the family and shared the recent update from them.
The update read: ‘Our Little Knight is always fond of walks, steep paths and adventure, but he falls a lot, much less than last year.
‘We still have to catch him, of course, but much less frequently. This makes outings much less tiring for us and more enjoyable for him.’
The young boy is also now able to go into the deep end of the pool again, as his speech therapist has determined he has made enough progress to put his head under the water.
The family wrote: ‘He doesn’t do it yet because he is very apprehensive, but we can now take him in water ourselves without fearing that he will drown! We let you imagine the relief it is for us!’
Watching films have also been a ‘good memory exercise’ for the youngster and a ‘great family activity’, the post said.
He is also said to be a young eco-warrior, with his family adding that another sign his memory is progressing is that he always reminds them to turn off the lights, save water and collect and dispose of rubbish he finds on the beach or in the forest.
Bravery, who was 17 and living in supported accommodation in Northolt, West London, at the time he attacked the young boy, and had a history of violence against staff.
Despite this, he was allowed to leave home, unsupervised, for up to four hours at a time.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Jonty Bravery who has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to attempted murder after throwing a six-year-old boy from the tenth-storey viewing platform of the Tate Modern in August 2019
Emergency crews attend a scene at the Tate Modern art gallery on August 4, 2019, where a young boy was pushed
In April 2019, Bravery punched a care worker and a member of Burger King restaurant staff whilst on a supervised trip to Brighton.
Following his arrest, he assaulted a custody officer and urinated in the waiting room.
The judge said Bravery’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD) did not explain the attack, and acknowledged expert evidence he presents ‘a grave and immediate risk to the public’.
You can donate to the GoFundMe for the family here.
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