A boy who was partially paralyzed after being shot in the July 4 parade attack in Highland Park, Illinois, has returned home after spending the past two and a half months in the hospital.
Cooper Roberts, the youngest victim of a mass shooting at the Fourth of July Parade in an Illinois town, was discharged from the hospital after “numerous” surgeries and “weeks of pain and suffering, tears and questions, fear and agony, determination and fighting spirit.” fire. ‘ said his family.
“Words fail us to express how full of gratitude, love and wholeness we feel now that we can finally have Cooper home,” said his parents, Jason and Keely Roberts, in an update published on GoFundMe.
Cooper, 8, suffered a severed spinal cord after being shot in the attack. He was paralyzed from the waist down.
Over the past few months, Cooper has been fully intubated, put on a ventilator, and used a feeding tube for meals. It was not until early September that he was taken off the probe.
Earlier this month, Cooper’s family shared an update that he was suffering from “cognitive loss” following filming and weeks of intense recovery.
He was transferred to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a specialty research hospital in Chicago.
Cooper’s parents said his new home life will be full of more challenges. “Now that he’s home, Cooper has to deal daily with the sadness and sorrow of realizing all the things he’s lost — all the things he used to be able to do in his home, in his community, that he couldn’t can do more,’ they said.
“Even much of his own house, which he doesn’t have access to.” The family is still raising funds to help cover the costs of assistive technologies that help him live in his home.
However, the family remains committed to helping Cooper adjust to his “new normal.”
Cooper’s parents described him as “athletic” before filming, and now he’s focused on finding new ways to play the sport he loves. He has already started playing wheelchair tennis at a local court, his family said.
Cooper was one of 48 people injured in the deadly attack. Another 7 people died from their injuries.
The suspect, Robert Crimo III, was arrested the night after the attack after fleeing to Wisconsin. A grand jury indicted him on 117 counts, including multiple charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/23/cooper-roberts-8-year-old-paralyzed-in-july-4-shooting-returns-home-hospital-17440935/ Cooper Roberts, 8, who was paralyzed by the July 4 shooting, returns home to the hospital