Not only are frontline healthcare workers risking their lives in the fight against COVID-19, but some have gone weeks without seeing their loved ones.
Dr. Pete Olson is a father of two, ER doctor, and Vice President of Medical Affairs at a rural hospital in Minnesota. Back in March, he and his wife, Angela, decided it was best for him to temporarily move out of their home in Duluth so he could be closer to work. At that point, he was already at the hospital every day and most nights.
But in April, the exhausted doctor finally got a much-needed break. He knew exactly how he was going to spend his two days off — giving his kids the best surprise ever.
Nearly four weeks after he left, Pete returned home as Angela recorded their unsuspecting daughter, Ella, playing her ukulele. At first, the 10-year-old is strumming and talking to her mom. Then she notices who’s standing nearby.
“Dad!” she yells, rushing over and throwing her arms around him. She can’t stop smiling!
Then it’s Sam’s turn. Ella find her brother sitting on a bed and shares the good news.
“Look who it is,” she says as the 7-year-old’s face lights up. He immediately holds out his arms, eager to welcome his dad home with a big hug! While it was hard for Pete to leave, he did it partly for Sam. The little boy has Down syndrome and his parents didn’t want to risk him being exposed to the novel coronavirus.
But all those tough weeks melted away as the trio laughed and held each other. Their joy is palpable as Pete declares, “You guys are the best.”
It’s obvious how much this family loves each other, which is why it’s so important we do our part to help stop the spread! Let’s all make sure we stay safe and follow guidelines so this dad can be reunited with his children for good.
Watch their emotional reunion in the video below, and share to spread thanks for all the frontline workers sacrificing time with their families!
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