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Recovery continues for 8-year-old boy injured in Highland Park shooting, his family says

WBBM Radio Chicago logo WBBM Radio Chicago 8/9/2022 Rachel Pierson
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Family of Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy injured in the July 4 Highland Park shooting, shared an update on his recovery Tuesday.

Roberts is taking part in daily physical and occupational therapy at Chicago’s Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, his family said.

They added that Roberts is expected to continue rehabilitation over the next six to 12 weeks, at which point doctors are hopeful he’ll be able to rejoin his twin brother Luke in the third grade.

The family said returning to school is a “huge motivation for Cooper.” He’s excited to return to his classroom and see his friends, they said.

Right now, Cooper Roberts’ family is working to secure short-term rental housing that is ADA-accessible for when he can return home.

According to his family’s update, Roberts will be transported back to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital this week, which will allow surgeons to check on his healing from previous surgeries, including a heart graft and esophageal tear repairs.

The family said they’ll eventually need a new permanent house, as their 100-year-old Highland Park home can’t be refitted to meet Cooper’s needs.

They are also working to get a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

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