8-Year-Old Continues to Fight for His Life After Being Injured in Highland Park Shooting

The Milwaukee Brewers honored an 8-year-old boy on Friday, July 8 after he was severely injured in the Highland Park shooting. According to multiple reports, Cooper Roberts is still fighting for his life as he recovers from the multiple gunshot wounds he endured while attending Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade.

As The New York Post reports, Roberts sustained multiple bullets to the chest. His family revealed that his spine was severed as a result and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

8-Year-Old Continues to Fight for His Life After Being Injured in Highland Park Shooting

“Cooper’s medical status has been upgraded to serious, which is a very positive development. He is conscious for the first time and been removed from the ventilator, but in a great deal of pain,” an update given to NBC Chicago read.

“At this time, the doctors do not believe that he suffered any brain damage or cognitive impact from the shooting.” As the family continued Cooper is alert and excited to be reunited with his twin brother Luke and beloved dog George.

Roberts is a huge fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, who honored the brave young boy at their game on Friday night. The team hung up a jersey with Cooper’s last name on it as he continues to work hard toward recovery.

The same day he was honored at the game, Roberts regained consciousness for the first time. His family revealed that his doctors don’t believe he suffered any brain damage.

8-Year-Old Continues to Fight for His Life After Being Injured in Highland Park Shooting

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of the 8-year-old and what he is being forced to endure:

“The strength to go through something like that is unimaginable. We’re doing such a small thing, but hopefully, it can maybe make one part of the day for them a little bit better.”

In the future, the Brewers are hoping to get Roberts the opportunity to meet some of his favorite players. However, they will wait until Roberts’ recovery processes a bit further before surprising him.

“We’re happy he’s a Brewer fan,” Counsell continued. “[We] want to recognize that and let their family know we’re thinking about them.”

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Cooper’s brother and his mother were also injured by gunfire while at the parade. Thankfully, NBC Chicago reports that they are recovering nicely.

“The little guy is fighting as hard as he can,” his family said. “We are hopeful that he will be ok, but we know his medical bills will be significant as will the therapy that will follow. Please pray that Cooper will recover as best as possible.” A GoFundMe has been set up to help with that cost.

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