Cooper’s family shared new information about his condition on Thursday, saying his rehabilitation team is seeing some patterns of behavior “that may indicate some cognitive loss.”
According to the family, therapists have observed short term memory loss, issues with word recovery and loss of acuity around fine motor skills. Cooper will undergo comprehensive neurological and psychological evaluations this week.
The rehabilitation team is also working with the family to asses long-term needs for Cooper’s eventual return home, including assistive technologies and house features necessary for a child with a pediatric spinal cord injury.
“It’s overwhelming to consider,” the family said.
Seven people were killed and dozens injured when a gunman fired into the crowd in Highland Park on the Fourth of July. Cooper’s severe injuries included a severed spinal cord and a partially collapsed lung which required multiple critical surgeries.