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Highland Park parade shooting left 8-year-old boy with severed spinal cord


CHICAGO, July 7 (Reuters) – An 8-year-old boy suffered a severed spinal cord injury from a gunshot wound to the chest in the July 4 attack on a Chicago-area parade that left seven dead, a family spokesperson said Thursday. with his twin brother and mother also injured.

Cooper Roberts was one of the most seriously injured among dozens of people who survived gunshots and other injuries in the Independence Day assault on Highland Park, highlighting a devastation physical and emotional that goes beyond the lives lost in such violence.

He was listed Thursday in critical but stable condition while still breathing on a ventilator, a family spokesperson said. It was not immediately clear how many of the at least 46 people sent to hospital after the attack have since been released.

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Cooper’s twin brother, Luke, was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds to his lower body, but was released after medics removed some of the debris. The boys’ mother, Keely Roberts, suffered gunshot wounds to her legs and feet, spokesperson Anthony Loizzi told reporters in a Zoom call.

The twins attended the parade with both parents, with father, Jason Roberts, unharmed.

Because of the severity of his spinal cord injury, doctors don’t know if Cooper will ever walk again, according to Loizzi, a colleague of the mother, who is superintendent of a Lake County elementary school district.

Cooper, a normally “very active” kid with a passion for baseball and other sports, has been unconscious and sedated since being airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, said Loizzi.

The mother, who has had at least two surgeries herself, was so distraught over Cooper’s condition that she insisted on being discharged on Wednesday, earlier than doctors thought best until her bleeding is better controlled, in order to be with her son in the children’s hospital. hospital,” Loizzi said.

The boy underwent several operations, including one on Wednesday evening in which surgeons “finally closed his stomach”, the spokesperson said.

Although he was not told the details of Cooper’s prognosis, Loizzi told reporters the boy’s mother and a grown sister spoke about how “it will be a new normal for him going forward”.

“He fights as hard as he can,” Loizzi said of the boy’s recovery. The family as a whole, including four adult sisters, were “devastated but focused on Cooper,” he said.

“It was a very emotional time for everyone around them,” he said, adding he was unsure if Luke had ever been told of the seriousness of his twin’s condition.

Loizzi said the two boys “love the parade” and had attended the event in the past, but he didn’t know where they were along the parade route when the shots were fired.

Friends of the family have created a GoFundMe page seeking help with their medical bills.

The Roberts weren’t the only family to suffer multiple losses in the bloodshed in Highland Park, Illinois.

Among those killed were Irina McCarthy, 35, and her husband Kevin McCarthy, 37, whose 2-year-old son was found wandering around physically unharmed, but alone and orphaned after the attack.

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Reporting by Christopher Walljasper in Chicago; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

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