Nurse discovers 28-year-old colleague was premature baby she cared for

Vilma Wong and Brandon Seminatore 28 years apart

She remembered caring for a baby with the same name whose father was a police officer, The East Bay Times reported. "And that as a matter of fact, he was a premature baby born at our hospital".

The encounter between the two was shared on Facebook last August 16 by the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

A week before his rotation started, Seminatore's mother told him about a nurse she and his father had bonded with during the more than 40 days he spent in the NICU.

"I was in shock initially but overjoyed to know that I took care of him nearly 30 years ago", Wong said.

Seminatore was stunned Wong remembered caring for him 28 years ago - out of the tens of thousands of kids who have passed through the unit since then.

"There was a big silence, " she said, "Then he asked if I was Vilma".

Brandon later explained that his mum, who had kept hold of a photo of Vilma holding her son, had asked him to keep an eye out for the nurse when he began his residency at the hospital, but he simply assumed she would have retired by now and didn't bother.

"A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has led to a heart warming reunion between nurse and patient", the page stated.

The hospital's Facebook post drew more than 700 comments, hundreds of them from parents and fellow health care professionals lauding Wong's skill and dedication.

He was shocked she remembered him, especially because she takes care of so many babies in the unit.

Vilma Wong and Brandon Seminatore first met in 1990 when he was born weighing 2 pounds, 6 ounces. "They helped calm a lot of our fears". "I said yes!" Wong said. And he's now a doctor she works with.

After the face-to-face meeting, Seminatore texted his parents with the news.

Despite the almost three decades in between, and the thousands of babies Wong has since cared for after Seminatore was discharged, she immediately recognized his name when she heard it. Wong, who is 54 now, isn't leaving any time soon.

Seminatore told the Mercury News he doesn't know for sure whether his rocky early weeks played a role in his decision to become a healer.

"As a nurse", she said, "it's kind of like your reward".



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