Peter Thomas, JD, the general counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics, lost his parents in the past two weeks to COVID-19 and now has the virus himself. In the latest webcast, Thomas shares the loss and impact of COVID-19 on his family and offers advice to the O&P profession.
“As our country begins to reopen from the pandemic and O&P practices begin to return to some sense of normalcy, NAAOP encourages all O&P members and friends to redouble their efforts to take steps and implement procedures to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This virus is anything but contained, is highly virulent, and can have a devastating impact on those who acquire it. We reiterate the importance of protecting yourselves, your families, your staff, and your patients as you provide vital O&P services to patients in the future,” read an announcement from NAAOP.
Without the ability to mourn his parents in any traditional way, NAAOP shared a tribute on its website that Thomas wrote to honor his parents, Bill and Anita Thomas. The webcast is posted on the NAAOP website and on NAAOP’s YouTube channel.