From wiggling his toe to moving his arms, one Woodhaven swimmer’s long road to beating paralysis


Cooper’s home away from home has always been the pool. As a member of the Woodhaven High School swim team, the student practically grew up in the water. But the challenges the soon-to-be junior high school student faces won’t just be setting personal records at swim meets, but learning how to walk again.

It was during a dive not into a school swimming pool, but into his family’s backyard pool when the accident happened.

“When he dove he hit his chest and his neck,” said Savannah, gestured to where he landed. “Right there Cooper came up, realized ‘I can’t swim, I couldn’t move my body,’ he started flaring his arms.”

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