The mother of an 8-year-old who was paralyzed in the Highland Park shooting describes him as “living proof of the power of prayer” as he experiences a rocky recovery from his injuries.
Eight-year-old Cooper Roberts’ condition had been downgraded to serious earlier this week. Then his fever spiked, which elevated his heart rate, causing his doctors to change his condition to “critical,” CNN reports.
“Yesterday’s oesophagal procedure revealed that the tear in Cooper’s oesophagus has reopened, as a result, he is facing an urgent, complex, and lengthy surgery today to again attempt to repair his torn oesophagus, family spokesman Anthony Loizzi said.”
Doctors found the leak and repaired it in Cooper’s seventh surgery in eight days. “This is a good outcome, Cooper is still fighting!” Loizzi said. “His condition is being closely monitored, and the next days will be critical to ensure that he responds positively.”
Cooper’s mother, Keely Roberts, was injured in the attack and faced two surgeries of her own. After hearing that Cooper had been paralyzed, she asked her doctors to discharge her, adding that if they didn’t, she would leave the hospital on her own.
Loizzi received encouraging news from Keely after she saw Cooper. The last he had heard, Cooper had gone to bed “with a dangerously high fever, fluid in his lungs and on a ventilator.” Then he received a text which read, “Cooper is living proof of the power of prayer … This morning … he just wakes up with no fever. None. Breathing over the vent. The numbers are all perfect. His lungs look good and are going to be taken off the breathing tube later today. He is just a miracle. He is going to change the world. Truly he is. He is going to keep fighting and will be the person to teach the world that love wins. That good can, and will, defeat evil.”