Highland Park 8-year-old 4th of July shooting survivor Cooper Roberts returns home after 'numerous' surgeries
September 22, 2022 at 22:59
Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy who was shot during the Highland Park, Illinois shooting has returned home after a months-long battle in the hospital.
The child was injured during the Highland Park Independence Day parade shooting that left seven people dead, as well as dozens more injured.
A bullet went through Cooper's upper abdomen and injured his spinal cord, esophagus, and abdominal aorta, according to a previous statement from his parents, Jason and Keely Roberts.
After being put on a ventilator, going through multiple surgeries, and "ongoing daily rehabilitation," stemming from his injuries, Cooper was able to return home, according to a statement from the family on Thursday.
"To be able to have Cooper home and our family all reunited together again is such an amazing blessing.
He is able to live once again with his twin brother, Luke, and resume being one another’s very best playmates."
HIGHLAND PARK SHOOTING SURVIVOR COOPER ROBERTS, 8, OFF VENTILATOR FOLLOWING SPINAL CORD INJURY: FAMILYThe family said that at one point, they were "desperately and feverishly praying just for Cooper to live."
The family also acknowledged in the statement that Cooper has a "heartbreakingly cruel and unfair road ahead."
ILLINOIS BOY PARALYZED IN HIGHLAND PARK SHOOTING ‘STILL FIGHTING’ AFTER COLLAPSED LUNG, INFECTION: FAMILY"The transition to having Cooper’s extensive medical needs being addressed at home vs. at the hospital or rehabilitation clinic is a gigantic learning curve for all of us.
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According to Cooper's parents, the 8-year-old has decided to learn wheelchair tennis and has "already been to the tennis courts a couple times."
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRobert Crimo, 22, was arrested and charged with seven counts of murder, among other charges, following the shooting.