Doctor's Note to Her Children Resonates With Parents: 'Mommy Tried Really Hard to Do Her Job'

April 5, 2020

A doctor who is on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic wanted to share a message with her two children. Since her message was posted, it has gained the attention of many other parents.

Dr. Cornelia Griggs, a pediatric surgeon and mother of two, tweeted a photo of herself in full protective gear. The 36-year-old surgeon, who works in New York City, has a daughter, Eloise, who is 4 years old and a son, Jonah, who is 1.

She captioned the photo, “My babies are too young to read this now. And they’d barely recognize me in my gear. But if they lose me to COVID, I want them to know Mommy tried really hard to do her job. #GetMePPE #NYC.”

Dr. Griggs told Good Morning America that while she was taking that photo, she captured a really "raw and emotional moment." She expressed concern about how everyday, she has to show up to her job just to face the fear of getting sick. Griggs said she is concerned with getting someone in her family sick as well. She just wanted to let her children know that despite all of the chaos going on, she still loves her job.

"I would still choose to be a doctor 1,000 times over because I feel privileged to do the work that I do." Griggs said.

Griggs' new schedule consists of working a 24-hour shift at Columbia University Medical Center where she treats patients with COVID-19. She has been working with patients in New York since the spread of the deadly virus began.

As the chaos continues, Griggs said she made the hard choice to move her children from New York City to Connecticut so her parents could look after them. Rob Goldstone, her husband, is a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Goldstone has been working in Boston during the pandemic.

The whole family has not seen each other in two weeks.

"My whole family is separated right now, which is really difficult. I don't know when it will be safe for me to see any of them again, and that definitely takes a toll on my emotional and psychological well-being because my family is my support," Griggs said.

Griggs shared that she and her family have been in contact through FaceTime.

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