A boy who was thrown from the tenth floor of London’s Tate Modern art gallery was able to celebrate his birthday with other children for the first time since the attack.
The French youth was six years old when he was seriously injured in the fall after autistic teenager Jonty Bravery threw him from the top of a tourist attraction in August 2019.
Guts grabbed the boy and threw him from the gallery’s viewing balcony onto the ground about 100 feet below.
The boy suffered life-changing injuries but slowly began to improve in France.
In a post on the GoFundMe page, which raised more than €353,000 (nearly £300,000) for the child’s treatment and rehabilitation, his family said: ‘Our son was able to invite his classmates and even one of his buddies from our old town was able to come!
They had a great day together, despite the differences in commuting.
“It was stressful for us, but it was a step closer to the classic life, and it was totally worth it.”
He was able to return to school last May, shortly after his parents said their “lives were in ruins” in the aftermath of the attack.
They feared that their son would never walk again, and that the psychological damage from the trauma would remain with him for the rest of his life.
“How can one explain to a child that someone deliberately tried to kill him?” they asked.
Jonty Bravery, pictured, grabbed the young man and threw him from the gallery’s viewing balcony onto the ground about 100 feet below
Emergency crews attend a scene at the Tate Modern Art Gallery on August 4, 2019
The boy moves his left ankle, straightens his back and even tried to use the school canteen but is still very sensitive to noise.
He complained of earache after a canteen meal, and next week his occupational therapist will show him noise-canceling headphones to see if they can help calm his eardrums when needed.
Courage was convicted of attempted murder in 2019 and imprisoned for 15 years.
He was living in a subsidized dwelling in Northolt, west London, at the time of the attack, and had a history of violence against staff.
Despite this, he was allowed to leave the house, unsupervised, for up to four hours at a time.
In April 2019, Prefree punched a care worker and a Burger King employee during a supervised trip to Brighton.
After his arrest, he assaulted the arresting officer and urinated in the waiting room.
Bravery is serving at least 15 years in prison at HMP Belmarsh, pictured. He was arrested in prison on Thursday and taken to a south London police station for questioning after being arrested on suspicion of raping another prisoner.
The judge said Bravery’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) did not explain the attack, and acknowledged expert evidence as a “grave and immediate danger to the public”.
Last year, police arrested Bravery again on suspicion of raping a man in prison. Courage allegedly attacked a man in his thirties in the bathtub
When he was first predicted in the attempted murder in 2020, the court granted Bravery anonymity due to his age, as he was only 17 when he threw the little boy off the balcony, but it ended on his 18th birthday.
Documents released under a Freedom of Information request showed Hammersmith and Fulhamborough paid £12,400 over the course of four court hearings in which they quarreled with the press over the teenager’s naming.
The French boy was granted anonymity, which also extends to the identity of his parents so that he cannot be identified by them.
He remains in a wheelchair today, wearing splints on his left arm and both legs. Until recently, he spent most of his days wearing a corset molded to his waist and sitting in his wheelchair.
Courage, who suffers from autism and a personality disorder, was a ‘cared-for child’ in the care of Hammersmith and Fulham Council at the time he struck – telling terrified viewers that social services were to blame for these atrocities
His family said the new ankle movement was “still light of course, but clearly visible for two weeks”.
They added: ‘Our little rider is standing more and more erect (has gained muscle and back strength) and has made enough progress on his right ankle that his doctor decides to remove the cast from his right foot!
So there was only a splint left for our son, on the left foot and the left hand. Little by little, his shield is disappearing!
The boy also has a “strong desire” to go into the water because he’s always loved swimming, but this can only be dealt with now with “extreme vigilance,” according to his relatives.
They said: He still could not submerge his head under water because of the difficulty of swallowing. Our son has to start over from the beginning but that doesn’t scare him! “
The family added: “Some menstruation are very difficult. Sometimes sadness and frustration overwhelm us, but we must hold on and focus on all the progress made.”
“Thank you so much for continuing to think of our little rider and for encouraging us.”