An 8-year-old boy who attended Monday’s Fourth of July parade in Highland Park along with his mom, father and twin brother has been paralyzed from the waist down after a gunman fired greater than 70 rounds into the group, a spokeswoman for the household on Thursday.
“Cooper Roberts was shot within the chest and suffered severe accidents, together with a spinal twine,” household pal Anthony Lozzi instructed a information convention.
The household later confirmed on their fundraising web page that medical doctors decided Cooper was paralyzed from the waist down.
After present process a number of surgical procedures, Cooper was beforehand sedated and on a ventilator, in a important however secure situation. Nonetheless, in an replace on Friday, the household stated that his situation has improved.
“Cooper’s medical situation has been upgraded to important, which is a really optimistic improvement. He’s aware for the primary time and has been faraway from the ventilator, however is in nice ache,” the replace stated.
“At the moment, medical doctors don’t imagine he suffered mind injury or cognitive results from the taking pictures,” the replace continued.
In accordance with the household, Cooper is on alert, asking to see his twin brother Luke and his canine George.
Cooper was air-lifted from the parade and brought to a regional hospital, the place he underwent a number of surgical procedures, together with Wednesday night time, by which “the medical doctors had been capable of shut his stomach,” Loizzi stated.
Cooper’s mom, Zion Elementary Faculty District 6 Superintendent Dr. Kelly Roberts, and her twin brother Luke had been additionally shot and wounded throughout the parade.
Dr. Roberts was hit within the leg and leg space, had a number of surgical procedures and was launched from the hospital at his request in order that he might be by Cooper’s facet, Loizzy stated.
“She instructed her medical doctors and nurses that they need to both discharge her or she went out on her personal as a result of she wanted to be along with her son,” Loizzi stated.
Luke obtained shrapnel accidents and was discharged from the hospital.
Greater than $700,000 has been raised to assist with medical payments and remedy for Cooper.
“The little man is preventing as onerous as he can,” his household stated. “We hope he recovers, however we all know his medical payments can be important as will the next remedy. Please pray that Cooper recovers as shortly as attainable.”
“It has been a really emotional time for everybody of their circle,” Loizzi stated. “And, you already know, if you already know Keely, he is only a fighter. It appears to be like like Cooper’s obtained that a part of him. He is preventing as onerous as he can.”
Seven folks had been killed and dozens extra had been injured throughout the bloodbath on the Highland Park parade. The alleged shooter has been charged with seven counts of first-degree homicide and is presently being held with out bond, in line with Lake County State Lawyer Eric Rinehart.