The child is still in “constant pain” from internal wounds that are slow to heal, his family said Tuesday.
“He is on a constant IV drip of antibiotics to ward off infection, has swelling that obscures the full internal picture, and suffers stomach pain as his body relearns to process mainly liquid food. He remains on heavy painkillers,” the update said.
Cooper was recently cleared to begin eating some solid foods, 他的家人说, but he feels “full and nauseous” after only a bite or two.
“他 (是) starting to recognize the severity of his limitations as he participates in daily rigorous physical and occupational therapy maneuvering around two ports, 一个 (catheter) line and three tubes coming out of his body.”
And the emotional toll is just as heavy: Cooper misses his home and his family, who he is only able to briefly see once a week because of Covid-19 rules and has begun looking forward to when he’ll be able to join his twin brother in third grade — which could still be weeks away, 他的家人说.
“It is very hard to convince Cooper that he will be happy again, ” 一家人说. “当然, we are beyond grateful for his survival, and we know others weren’t as fortunate, but we want people to know his path/our path will be a very long and hard road.”
一个 verified GoFundMe campaign has been created in support of the family