Boy who was thrown off 10th floor of Tate Modern practises sports

Boy who was severely injured when he was thrown 100ft off 10th floor of Tate Modern art gallery is practising Judo and archery as his condition continues to improve, family reveal

  • Jonty Bravery, from Ealing, west London, threw child off Tate Modern balcony 
  • Victim, now eight, is readjusting to life after the incident in London in 2019 
  • French boy practising a gentle form of judo and adapted archery in recovery
  • Bravery is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for attempted murder

A boy thrown from the 10th floor of London’s Tate Modern art gallery is practising a gentle form of judo and adapted archery as his condition improves, according to his family.

The French youngster was six when he was badly hurt in an attack by Jonty Bravery at the tourist attraction in August 2019.

Autistic teenager Bravery was in supported accommodation at the time of the attack but allowed out unsupervised.

He intended to select and kill someone, a court was later told.

Jonty Bravery (pictured) was convicted of attempted murder in 2020 and jailed for 15 years

His victim, on holiday with his parents, survived a 100ft (30m) fall but suffered life-changing injuries, including a bleed on the brain and broken bones.

Bravery was convicted of attempted murder in 2020 and jailed for 15 years.

Posting on a GoFundMe page, which has raised nearly 400,000 euros (£354,000) for the youngster’s recovery, his family said that he was increasingly taking part in physical activity as part of his treatment.

They said: ‘Since September, we have returned to Paris several times to consult specialists because we have to monitor the development of our son’s back, shoulder and hip, given his growth.

‘We will now have to do this check every six months, to make sure that he does not need a corset again. Similarly, some new operations may unfortunately become necessary.

The victim, visiting the London museum with his French family, plunged 100ft on to a roof five floors below (pictured, the aftermath)

‘In prevention, specialists recommend appropriate physical activity. This is why we have registered our son for equine therapy and the swimming pool with his specialised educator.

‘And the latter also accompanies him, since the end of October, to judo. She does it very gently and does not let go of an inch on the tatami, of course.

‘From time to time, we also take him for adapted archery. Our son has always loved sports, he is delighted to do all this.’

Explaining that the youngster was also improving with his breathing, they wrote: ‘We have also found a new speech therapist, and thanks to her, our little knight has made considerable progress in swallowing and breathing.

‘He’s able to blow out candles again, he hardly makes any more wrong turns when he drinks liquids, and he’s starting to keep the rhythm of the songs better.

Police were called to the Tate Modern in 2019 after the boy was thrown from the 10th floor

‘He is also pursuing orthoptics and his sight is improving further, as is his memory thanks to cognitive remediation sessions with his neuropsychologist.

‘He remembers more and more things he did or was told during the day.’

The family said that the boy had ‘very positive’ school results, and added: ‘Our son’s teacher and guide are both very happy with his progress: he manages to follow in class despite his difficulties, because he is extremely courageous and hardworking.

‘Thus, despite the fact that he still has to automate the writing of letters, he nevertheless manages to improve in spelling and to obtain very good marks in dictation, which he is very proud of.

‘Moreover, thanks to all his mobility progress (balance, left arm, muscle strengthening, etc.), he is increasingly able to play alone at home and in the hospital.

‘This is a huge step towards his autonomy, even if he is still very dependent for very simple daily tasks (tuck his T-shirt into his pants, cut his meat, wash his hair, etc.)’

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