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Boy left paralyzed during Highland Park shooting

According to an update that was posted on GoFundMe by Cooper Roberts’s family, he was discharged from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago on August 1, 2022. Roberts was one among the people who survived the shooting that took place in Highland Park.

After being released from prison, Roberts was sent to a rehabilitation facility due to the fact that the shooting had left him crippled.

Cooper Roberts, age 8, together with his mother Keely and twin brother Luke, were all wounded in the mass shooting that occurred during a celebration of the Fourth of July in Highland Park, Illinois. The incident took place on July 4. After the incident, Cooper was forced to spend over a month in the intensive care unit in order to recover from the spinal damage he sustained.

Cooper Roberts reunited with his dog after PICU discharge

After being released from the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), Cooper was transferred to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, as stated by the friends of the afflicted family who put up the GoFundMe page to raise money for the young survivor’s medical bills.

After spending over a month in the hospital, the organiser of the campaign posted some heartwarming photographs of the youngster being reunited with his beloved dog George:

“Additionally, Cooper was finally able to pay his dog George a visit, which was a joyful occasion for both of them. This website now includes an updated version of the picture that was taken at their get-together.”

The website included further details on the protracted medical journey that Cooper Roberts had taken. According to a spokeswoman for the family, Annie Loizzi, physical and occupational therapy, along with other rehabilitative and mental health treatments, would be provided to Cooper throughout his time in the hospital.

“The medical team from AbilityLab will meet with Cooper and his family this week in order to conduct a series of comprehensive assessments in order to determine the appropriate physical and occupational therapy, as well as any other rehabilitation and mental health services, in order to support Cooper in regaining his strength and reaching his maximum potential moving forward.”

What happened to Cooper Roberts? Remembering the tragic Highland Park shooting

A neighbourhood celebration in Highland Park on July 4, 2022 was cut short when a shooter, who was subsequently determined to be named Robert Crimo, opened fire on the audience from a rooftop. The shooting spree resulted in the deaths of seven people and left numerous more with critical injuries.

Cooper, who was just 8 years old at the time, had a spinal injury that left him unable to move below the waist. Anthony Loizzi, a spokesperson for the Cooper family, said that Cooper had seven operations to repair a rupture in his oesophagus that was caused by a gunshot.

In the past, Dr. Ana Velez-Rosborough had these things to say about Cooper Roberts’ state of health:

Because of the location of the injury, we had no choice but to do surgery on both his belly and his chest in order to staunch the bleeding from the aorta, which is the primary blood channel that carries blood out from the heart and into the rest of the body.
Cooper’s mother, Keely, and his brother, Luke, were both injured in the assault as well.

Keely Roberts was shot in the leg while Luke was wounded by shrapnel. Luke was taken to the hospital. Since then, she has made a full recovery and was just just discharged from the hospital.



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