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Kids who survive gun injuries experience increases in pain and psychiatric disorders

NBC News
November 6, 2023

...For Keely Roberts, who with her son Cooper was among the victims of the July 4, 2022 shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, recovery sometimes feels like “two steps forward” followed by “moments where it’s three steps back.”

Cooper, then 8, was paralyzed and now uses a wheelchair. Roberts said Cooper tries so hard to be positive, but, like the children in the study, he is struggling to cope with the aftermath of the shooting.

“Everything about our life has been just destroyed, and his little tiny body is just so hurt,” Roberts said in an interview.

Read more of Barbara Mantel's reporting for NBC News.

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