在七月四日游行中被枪杀六周后, an 8-year-old left paralyzed feels 'hopeless' and angry as new reality sets in

七月四日之前, 库珀·罗伯茨(Cooper Roberts)几乎总是很活跃,到处跑. 他喜欢运动 — 包括足球, 棒球和足球 — 骑着他的自行车, 他的家人说.

Life has looked very different since the 8-year-old was shot in the Highland Park Fourth of July attack, and left paralyzed. Seven people were killed and dozens injured by the gunman who fired from a roof into the crowd.
There are layers upon layers of cruelty with being shot by a sniper. Most people don’t witness the grueling aftermath of surviving these devastating wounds,” Cooper’s family said in a Tuesday update on his condition. “He’s an 8-year-old boy who feels hopeless, sad and angry as the reality of his life is setting in.
      Hoping to shed light on what that new reality has looked like, Cooper’s family has provided regular updates on the child’s condition in the weeks since the attack, including on the numerous surgeries he underwent as doctors worked to repair injured organs and stave off infections.
        本月初, 库珀 was transferred to a rehabilitation facility after nearly a month in pediatric intensive care, a family spokesperson previously said.
          The child is still inconstant painfrom 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 feelsfull and nauseousafter 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 gradewhich 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.

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