Cooper Roberts, 8-year-old who was paralyzed in the July 4 shooting, returns home to the hospital

Cooper Roberts, the youngest victim of the July 4 shooting, has finally been released from the hospital (Image: AP/GoFundMe)

A boy who was partially paralyzed after being shot in the July 4 parade attack in Highland Park, Illinois, has returned home after being hospitalized for the past two and a half months.

Cooper Roberts, the youngest victim of a mass shooting at an Illinois Fourth of July parade, was released from the hospital after “multiple” surgeries and “weeks of pain and suffering, tears and questions, fear and pain, determination and fighting spirit, his family said.

“We are at a complete loss for words to express how filled with gratitude, love and wholeness we now feel now that we are finally able to have Cooper home again,” his parents, Jason and Keely Roberts, said in an update posted on GoFundMe.

Cooper, 8, suffered a severed spinal cord after being shot in the attack. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

Pictured: Cooper Roberts, 8 - recovers after being shot in Highland Park July 4, 2022 photography Image from Family Fundraiser on Go Fund Me Friends of the Roberts family created this fundraiser.  Keely Roberts and her 8-year-old son, Cooper, were significantly affected by the tragic events of this past Monday.  Both were shot while attending the July 4th parade in Highland Park.  Cooper's spinal cord was severed.  After undergoing numerous surgeries, he has been upgraded to serious condition.  However, the doctors have determined that he will be paralyzed from the waist down.  He has been in and out of consciousness, but he has to be continuously sedated because of the severe pain.  Cooper continues to fight as hard as he can.  We know that your medical bills will be significant, as will the treatments, therapy and all the equipment, supplies and adaptations to your home.  Please continue to keep the Roberts family in your thoughts and prayers.  Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to send well wishes, donations, gifts, etc., please email: Zion Elementary School District 6 2800 29th Street, Zion, IL 60099 11120127 Boy, 8, left paralyzed after being shot in Highland Park Fourth of July parade is 'hopeless, sad and angry' and in constant pain as he struggles to recover from the attack

Cooper Roberts suffered a severe spinal cord injury, paralyzing him from the waist down (Credit: GoFundMe)

Over the last few months, Cooper was fully intubated, placed on a ventilator and used a feeding tube for meals. He was first taken off the tube at the beginning of September.

Earlier this month, Cooper’s family shared an update that he suffered some “cognitive loss” after the shooting and weeks of intense recovery.

He was moved to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a specialized research hospital in Chicago.

Cooper’s parents said his new life at home will come with many more challenges. “Now that he’s home, Cooper has to deal daily with the sadness and grief of recognizing all the things he’s lost – all the things he used to be able to do at home, in his community, that he can no longer do,” they said.

Pictured: Cooper Roberts, 8 - recovers after being shot in Highland Park July 4, 2022 photography Image from Family Fundraiser on Go Fund Me Friends of the Roberts family created this fundraiser.  Keely Roberts and her 8-year-old son, Cooper, were significantly affected by the tragic events of this past Monday.  Both were shot while attending the July 4th parade in Highland Park.  Cooper's spinal cord was severed.  After undergoing numerous surgeries, he has been upgraded to serious condition.  However, the doctors have determined that he will be paralyzed from the waist down.  He has been in and out of consciousness, but he has to be continuously sedated because of the severe pain.  Cooper continues to fight as hard as he can.  We know that your medical bills will be significant, as will the treatments, therapy and all the equipment, supplies and adaptations to your home.  Please continue to keep the Roberts family in your thoughts and prayers.  Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to send well wishes, donations, gifts, etc., please email: Zion Elementary School District 6 2800 29th Street, Zion, IL 60099 11120127 Boy, 8, left paralyzed after being shot in Highland Park Fourth of July parade is 'hopeless, sad and angry' and in constant pain as he struggles to recover from the attack

Cooper Roberts recovered at a specialized research hospital in Chicago (Image: GoFundMe)

“Even a lot of his own home that he doesn’t have access to.” The family is still raising money to cover the cost of aids to 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 the shooting, and now he’s focusing on finding new ways to play the sports 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. A further 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 counts of murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery.

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