The toddler Yuanyuan who survived a brutal beating in an elevator and a fall from a 25th floor balcony last November can now walk unassisted following rehabilitation, according to the boy’s father.
Li Shengzhong said his two-year-old son Yuanyuan has been receiving rehabilitation treatment since January 10, adding that “Every day he has nearly eight hours of therapy,” according to Shanghai Daily.
The news of Chongqing’s “miracle child” follows that of a horrific attack on the toddler at the hands of a fifth grade girl in the elevator of their apartment complex last November.
Footage from the elevator revealed the 10-year-old girl getting in and picking up Yuanyuan after his grandmother had exited, only to suddenly throw him on the ground, kicking and beating him viciously.
The toddler was later found outside in the bushes below a balcony, where he’d fallen from the 25th floor.
The girl reportedly told her father that she beat the child because he was “unfriendly” to her, but Chongqing police said they couldn’t press charges against the girl because she is too young.
After regaining consciousness on December 5, Yuanyuan was able to leave intensive care and he can now raise his arms and walk on his own, although he can’t grasp with his hands and his left foot is weak, according to his father.
Doctors haven’t yet provided a date when Yuanyuan can leave the hospital, but Li hopes the boy will be home before his third birthday in May.
“Come on, Yuanyuan, you have to get well,” he wrote on his Weibo account, along with pictures of the boy walking.