Cooper Roberts update: Boy paralyzed in Highland Park, IL shooting finally returns home from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Cooper Roberts update: Boy paralyzed in Highland Park, IL shooting finally returns home from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

HIGHLAND PARK, In poor health. (TOC) — An 8-year-old boy paralyzed within the lethal Highland Park parade taking pictures has lastly returned dwelling, his household mentioned Thursday.

Cooper Roberts had been a affected person at Comer Kids’s Hospital and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, which have saved him separated from his dad, mother, twin brother Luke, 4 sisters and his French bulldog pet. During the last two months, he has undergone quite a few surgical procedures, was totally intubated and on a ventilator at factors, and nonetheless should bear every day rehabilitation to handle the damaged vertebrae, extreme spinal wire harm and paralysis on account of being shot.

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His mother and father launched an emotional message Thursday to all those that have been holding Roberts of their ideas and prayers as they alter to their “new regular.”

They shared images of him in his wheelchair and mentioned he has determined to take up wheelchair tennis.

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The household’s GoFundMe could be discovered right here.

Learn the complete letter from Cooper Robert’s household beneath:

Cooper is lastly again dwelling!

We’re at a complete lack of phrases to specific how crammed with gratitude, love and wholeness we now really feel on condition that we’re in a position to lastly have Cooper again at dwelling. There was a time, not all that way back, the place we had been desperately and feverishly praying only for Cooper to dwell. To have the ability to have Cooper dwelling and our household all reunited collectively once more is such a tremendous blessing. He is ready to dwell as soon as once more together with his twin brother, Luke, and resume being each other’s perfect playmates. You are taking as a right how great it’s to have the ability to have all of your youngsters collectively and the way vital they’re to one another till it’s taken away. Having our kids reunited as a sibling unit and understanding that they are often collectively every time they want or wish to, is so particular to us and to Cooper. They’ve held one another up and thru a lot throughout what has been probably the most horrific time of their lives. They’ve seen, in a method they by no means had earlier than, simply how a lot they enrich one another’s lives and the way deep their love for each other really is. It has been an honor and a privilege as their mother and father to observe all six of them lean on and raise one another up all through this devastating ordeal. We’re so happy with the human beings that they’re, and Cooper is so completely happy to be dwelling with them.

We all know that Cooper continues to face a heartbreakingly merciless and unfair highway forward. The transition to having Cooper’s intensive medical wants being addressed at dwelling vs. on the hospital or rehabilitation clinic is a big studying curve for all of us. And, now that he’s dwelling, Cooper has to deal every day with the disappointment and grief of recognizing all of the issues he is misplaced – all that he used to have the ability to do at his home, in his neighborhood, that he can’t do anymore … playgrounds he can’t play on, sports activities he can’t bodily play the way in which he used to, a yard he can’t play in the identical method he used to, a motorbike within the storage that sits idle, that we used to need to battle him to cease driving every day… even a lot of his own residence which he can’t entry. For all of the love that he has come again to, there are such a lot of painful reminders of what he has misplaced. There is no such thing as a phrase that we all know of that adequately describes the extent of ache you’re feeling or that Cooper feels when he sees his bike he can now not journey or his outdated soccer jersey…heartbreaking, agonizing, despair – there may be simply not a painful sufficient description.

This “new regular” we’re simply beginning throughout this transition dwelling is difficult; actually, actually onerous. It’s crammed with a number of new challenges and continued grief for what now we have misplaced. There may be a number of attempting to determine easy methods to choose up the damaged items of a life we knew and put it again collectively, however with out the directions. Even our dwelling, which all of us have liked, merely can’t work for us anymore with Cooper and a wheelchair and lots of different wants. It is one more factor that retains us up at night time – how will we discover, renovate or construct a house that may work for our household once more? Proper now, Cooper is barely in a position to entry sure components of the home – that’s not proper for him or for our household.

But, we select to concentrate on what we do have. Cooper is alive and residential and our candy and wonderful athletic little boy has made up his thoughts that he’s going to determine new methods to play sports activities. To steal a lyric from an awesome nation tune (thanks, Kacey Musgraves), in a happy-and-sad-all-at-the-same-time second, Cooper has determined that he’s going to seek out new sports activities to play. Cooper has determined to take up wheelchair tennis. He has already been to the tennis courts a pair occasions! He and Luke are every excited to actually be taught to play the sport and can hopefully play each collectively and individually for years to come back. We’ve little doubt Cooper might be depraved superior at tennis…and another sport he decides to play. It would simply be completely different.

Because the very begin, Cooper has impressed us. He’s courageous and sort. He’s robust as nails but extremely tender-hearted. He cares extra about others well-being than his personal. He loves the world…and it’s due to the love and prayers you might have all despatched and proceed to ship to him that we imagine he continues on a path of therapeutic. Please proceed to hope for our candy little boy…we all know he’ll present your complete world that love actually does win in the long run.

With So A lot Love and Gratitude,Jason and Keely Roberts

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