The family of a young boy thrown from Tate Modern say their brave “little knight” can now stand alone.
Just six years old at the time, the boy was thrown from the fifth floor balcony of the towering building on the bank of London’s River Thames by 17-year-old Jonty Bravery.
Bravery was jailed for life for attempted murder after it was revealed he had told workers months earlier how he planned to kill someone by pushing them from a tall building.
His young victim, now aged seven, was left with horrific injuries and is still enduring medical treatment and rehabilitation
However his family have said he is “adapting wonderfully” to a new rehab centre and has started hippotherapy – physiotherapy with the help of a horse.
They said it had “cheered him up” and that they are “seeing new progress”.
In a positive update on the youngster’s state, they added: “He can at last stand on his legs without any help or support.”
They added: “Regarding food, he now eats almost alone (after everything has been cut out and prepared for him) and, in a suitable glass, he begins to drink slightly thickened liquids! It’s a very important progress.
“At the moment, we are still far from home, but we have come close enough that our son’s friends can come and visit him more often, as well as our family.
“Be sure that we will keep you posted on the coming progress of our little knight.”
The update was posted on a GoFundMe page to cover medical costs – with a current total of £250,000 raised.
The boy returned to France, where is his from, around a month after the horrific attack.
In evidence heard in court in Bravery’s case, he was seen following young children and looking over railings at the central London gallery.
CCTV then showed how he “scooped up” the boy and “carried him straight to the railings and threw him over”.
Bravery was under the care of Hammersmith and Fulham council, but had been allowed to visit central London unsupervised.
At his sentencing, Mrs Justice McGowan said he had gone out intending to kill.
She added: “What you did on the day of this offence proves you are a grave danger to the public. You planned this and appeared to revel in the notoriety.”