Boy thrown from Tate Modern making significant progress

Family reveal 6-year-old has more strength, is doing exercises and can speak to them for longer

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Emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate Modern after the six-year-old boy was thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform
Emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate Modern after the six-year-old boy was thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform Credit: Stuart Haggas/PA

The six-year-old boy who suffered horrific injuries after being thrown from a 10th floor of the Tate Modern can now sit up and do vital physiotherapy exercises.

His family have revealed that the boy, who suffered a fractured spine and a “deep bleed” to the brain when he was thrown from a balcony, is making slow but significant progress.

In a message to fundraisers his French parents said: “He has gained muscle tone and regained enough strength to manage to sit longer in a sitting position and straighter in his chair without the help of his corset.

“As he has more strength, he also has more breath and for that reason, we understand better what he says and he manages to speak to us more.”

The teenager who threw the boy from the viewing platform in August last year admitted a charge of attempted murder in December at the Old Bailey.

Jonty Bravery, of Ealing in west London, is due to be sentenced shortly.

Jonty Bravery, 18, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to attempted murder Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA

The little boy’s family wrote to fundraisers who have helped raise more than £200,000 towards the cost of his medical care and rehabilitation to tell them of his progress.

Writing from their home in France they said: “Hello all! After a slump, we've found our smiling little boy back, and he is slowly but surely continuing to progress.

“He can now eat all soft foods and can almost eat all of his meals on his own, holding his spoon himself with his right hand.

“At last, he continues to train to open his left hand during the exercises but he now manages to move his left arm a little to the right and a little to the left, in front of him. Only few movements, very approximate and they exhaust him so much that he very quickly starts yawning, but for him, it's the beginning of the reconquest of his left arm!”

The boy’s parents, who are also having to cope with the difficulties of the coronavirus crisis in France, added: “We are very moved to see that you continue to think of our little knight in these difficult times.”

“At the hospital, the situation is more complicated with the coronavirus epidemic and containment measures, but you are still there for us: how to thank you? Please stay safe and take care of yourself and those you love."

The British woman who launched the GoFundMe page, known only as Vicky D, described the news as “wonderful”, adding: “I am sure it will warm you all during this time as much as it did me.”

It emerged in December that the six-year-old, who had also suffered fractures to his legs and arms, had begun to speak again, pronouncing “one syllable after another”.

Bravery, who is autistic, is said to have told one of his carers of his plans to push someone off a high building a year before he threw the child from the balcony.

A recording from autumn 2018, obtained in February this year following a joint investigation by BBC News and the Daily Mail, allegedly revealed him telling his carers of a plan to kill someone.

The audio, reported to be the voice of Bravery, says: “In the next few months I’ve got it in my head I’ve got to kill somebody.”

His care provider, Spencer & Arlington, said they had “no knowledge or records of the disclosure” but that it recognised the “gravity” of the claim and had reported the concerns to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).