I am getting reports that the young papist, Thomas Peters, was injured – perhaps severely – in an accident of some kind. Tom is the son of the great canonist Ed Peters, by the way.
More information will come in soon, but in the meantime, please stop now and say a prayer, perhaps the Memorare, for Thomas and his family.
See Ed Peters comment below, which I reproduce here:
This is deeply appreciated, Pater. Thom fractured his neck in a swimming accident last evening. I’ll try to keep folks informed on my facebook page. Oremus pro invicem. EdP
At his Facebook page he said:
Thomas Peters was seriously hurt in a swimming accident Tuesday evening. He fractured his 5th cervical vert. and is at Univ. Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore).Natalie Zmuda Peters is there, and the moms Angela & Becky Z flew out a couple hours ago. He moved an arm on command and is undergoing more tests. He has responded pretty well to the immediate steps taken for him so far. I will stay in touch here. Your prayers and well wishes are deeply appreciated.
UPDATE 18 July:
From Ed Peters…
Thom can move his arms, docs are discussing the best treatment for his neck injury. Immediate concern is for the considerable water in his lungs.
And then later…
Thomas Peters remains in critical but stable condition with a cervical spinal cord injury. His lungs are looking better.
UPDATE 18 July 18:15 GMT
From Ed Peters:
Please continue your prayers for Thom. Docs are assessing range of motion issues today and need to decide about treating his neck injury. His temperature is returning to normal and his lungs look better which is good news!
I can scarcely imagine how difficult it must be for a young healthy man who is used to engaging in extensive work and service, in the blink of an eye, to suddenly have to become the pure recipient of all that attention, and to just have to accept others’ outpourings toward him.
More when I have it, and thank you all so much.