The year of the pandemic – 2020

This has been a hard year for everyone around the country and the globe.

It’s not over yet, but we will all survive.


For me, this year is a landmark.  I’ll become a grandmother for the first time.  I’m over the moon!  A new baby boy to join both families.  The young couple is here from Brooklyn as the await the arrive of the new one to join the world.  My husband although stable, is on chemo and we are relishing our time together.

With all of this and the COVID situation, I’ve decided to retire at the end of 2020.  The worst part of it all is the inability to hug my patients and parents goodbye.  It feels like the closure is not there, perhaps there is a reason.

The parents of the families that I have served are incredibly kind, generous and hard working in their efforts to provide their children with care, love and the best health guidelines available.  It has been an honor and a joy to be part of the children’s growth, development and health.  We have laughed, we have cried, we have hugged.  The one thing I miss the most due to the pandemic – the hugs.

I wish I could thank you all here one by one, but HIPPA prevents me from that!  Nevertheless, you all know who you are….the flowers, the gifts, the cards, the pictures, the drawings, the good wishes and above all the trust that you show me along with all the free hugs that were so much part of the practice till recently.

Time moves on and I hope our paths will cross again.  In the meantime, stay well, enjoy the family and thanks for sharing your children with me.

Dr. de Freitas

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