Connor Golden is looking at the bright side.
The 19-year-old University of Miami student lost his left foot and lower leg after stepping on an explosive device in New York’s Central Park earlier this month – but the teen is thankful that’s all he lost.
“That’s okay, just don’t take my hands,” Golden’s parents, Kevin and Carol, told reporters the teen quipped as he lay in a Bellevue Hospital bed, according to ABC 7.
“He was happy his hands are still intact. He’s a musician so that was his one thought at that moment,” Kevin also said while addressing reporters Monday, per PIX 11.
Kevin also noted that his son was carrying a LinnStrument, a keyboard instrument, at the time of the explosion – and he has recently been playing the instrument from his hospital bed.
“We don’t know how to begin thanking the many individuals and institutions that have extended their warm embrace to help our family persevere through this ordeal,” the family also said in a statement released Monday.
Golden has undergone three surgeries and remains at the hospital after also battling an infection at the site of the wound.
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Kevin also recalled the moment he learned his son’s trip to New York had taken a terrifying turn.
“The first thing he said is he stepped on a bomb,” Kevin said, according to NBC New York.
“You raise your kids teaching them how to be safe. What does a parent do when something like this happens?”
Golden was visiting the city with friends when he stepped on a bomb at the iconic park.
He was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition and PEOPLE learned that his foot was “blown off” in the blast.
“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,” Golden’s family said in an earlier statement obtained by PEOPLE.
According to NBC New York, the family also said that Connor, a Virginia resident, is planning to return to college in the fall and resume an active lifestyle.
Police are offering a $12,500 reward for information leading to an arrest, ABC 7 reports, noting that although traces of the highly explosive substance ‘TATP’ was discovered, authorities do not believe the incident was related to terrorism. Authorities believe the explosive was likely the work of a hobbyist experimenting with material you can buy at any hardware store.