The family has thanked the staff of the hospital where Connor is being treated.

By Naja Rayne
July 08, 2016 09:55 PM
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The family of Connor Golden – a University of Miami student who lost his leg after stepping on an explosive device in New York’s Central Park – has released a statement thanking the staff of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, where Connor is being treated.

“We – Connor and his family – would like to express our appreciation for the medical assistance provided in the moments following the explosion in Central Park by NYC’s famously great first responders, without whose support Connor may not have survived the explosion,” the statement, obtained by PEOPLE, read. “We are also deeply indebted to John Murphy and two unidentified Good Samaritans who were in the park at the time of the explosion and rapidly came to Connor’s side.

“They quickly applied a tourniquet to Connor’s leg using a men’s clothing belt worn by one of Connor’s friends. Their bravery and clear-headedness in a moment of crisis may well have saved Connor’s life.”

On July 3, Connor was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after stepping on powerful explosives, the nature of which and “circumstances surrounding their presence in the park,” are unknown, according to background provided in the family’s statement.

Connor subsequently had his left foot and lower leg amputated and is said to be in “good condition” and ready to go back to Northern Virginia, where he will continue treatment.

However, he is still continuing to assist the NYPD with their investigation, which includes a $2,500 cash reward for any information that can help clarify what led up to the explosion.

“We are humbled and profoundly touched by the enormous outpouring of love, prayers and support from family and friends, fellow Hurricanes from the University of Miami, the residents and public officials of New York City and the public at large,” the statement added.

According to the family statement, parents of Oakton High School chorus students have established a GoFundMe page to help lighten the burden of Connor’s current and future medical expenses.

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