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

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

In particular, thanks to the efforts and care of Wilma it survived and left Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto (California) - the nurse was sure forever. Now, he has returned to the hospital as a colleague in the same hospital.

The hospital shared the story on its Facebook page and it has since gone viral.

Mr Seminatore weighed two pounds and six ounces, the size of a small pineapple, when he was born in 1990.

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. When Vilma saw him, she asked, "Who are you?" and Brandon told her.

"I kept asking where he was from and he told me that he was from San Jose, California, and that, as a matter of fact, he was a premature baby born at our hospital", Wong said.

"His last name sounded very familiar", Wong was quoted as saying.

After revealing that his dad was a police officer, both Vilma and Brandon started to connect the dots. Wong says he has the same dark eyes and alert expression. "And then he asked if I was Vilma". "I've come full-circle and I'm taking care of babies with the nurse that took care of me".

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A nurse got a shock when she discovered one of her colleagues was a premature baby she had cared for 28 years ago. "They helped calm a lot of our fears".

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.

After the face-to-face meeting, Seminatore texted his parents with the news. Wong, who is 54 now, isn't leaving any time soon.

Seminatore said when he began his residency, his mother had asked him to look for Nurse Vilma in the NICU, but he had assumed she would have retired.

The nurse and doctor took a new photo together in the NICU - this time, Seminatore is a few inches taller than Wong, and he's wearing scrubs instead of a onesie and blanket.

Seminatore, who is studying to be a childhood neurologist, is grateful for the care he received early in his life. For Wong, heartwarming interactions like this are "kind of like your reward" for being a caregiver.


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