8 year old boy paralyzed after Highland Park shooting is critical

Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy paralyzed after being wounded at the shooting in Highland Park is back to critical condition just days after the family had shared in a statement that the boy was doing better.

On 12th July morning the Roberts family shared that the boy’s condition was downgraded as he struggles with a new infection, and one of his lungs is partially collapsed.

The boy will undergo an “urgent, complex and lengthy surgery today to again attempt to repair his torn esophagus,” the family said

“This is his seventh surgery and is of particularly high risk given his age and current condition, greatly appreciates all prayers for his recovery.” the family said

Just on 10th July evening, the family remained optimistic and thanked the emergency medics, police, fire department and medical staff that saved Cooper’s life. “It was a true miracle,” they said.

While it was initially believed that the boy had been shot in the chest, doctors at Highland Park Hospital released a statement saying that the bullet entered his abdomen and not his chest.

His condition had been upgraded to serious last weekend and the family said the boy was conscious for the first time.

“Cooper is asking to see his 8-year-old twin, Luke, and his dog, George, but he is in a great deal of pain — physically and emotionally — especially as the family had to share with him the devastating news,” the family said.


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