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Cooper Roberts, 8-year-old crippled by Highland Park shooting, will soon go to school – NBC Chicago


After spending nearly a month undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments, Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy who was paralyzed in the 4th of July parade shooting in Highland Park, has started physical therapy and is expecting to enter third grade in the fall, his family said in a statement.

Since leaving the pediatric intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital last week, Cooper has been participating in daily physical and occupational therapy sessions to help him regain strength and develop his mobility, according to A press release.

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Cooper is expected to remain in inpatient rehabilitation wards for six to 12 weeks.

After his occupational therapy, Cooper will head into third grade with his twin brother, Luke. Going to school is “a huge motivation” for Cooper, according to his family, as they said he was excited to see his friends.

The family said Cooper will likely attend school for half the day and participate in long-term outpatient therapy the other part of the day.

Both Cooper and Luke attend private mental health services to support them in their emotional and physiological healing, the family said.

Cooper Roberts, 8-year-old crippled by Highland Park shooting, will soon go to school – NBC Chicago

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Last Monday, Cooper was also able to visit his dog, George, for the first time since the shooting, which was “a happy reunion for both of them,” the family said.

Cooper Roberts, 8-year-old crippled by Highland Park shooting, will soon go to school – NBC Chicago

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“The family continues to feel all the prayers sent to them, and are grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support as they begin to process what will be necessary for Cooper when he can finally return home,” said family. said in a statement.

More than $1.7 million has been raised for Cooper’s recovery through a GoFundMe page, according to the family.

A card reader initiative has also been launched for supporters to send recovery messages to the boy.

Senator Julie Morrison, who is running for office this fall, is leading the card collection to show her support for Cooper and his family, she said.

Cards can be mailed or dropped off at 43 Highwood Ave. at Highwood.

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