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

A nurse who never forgot a premature baby she cared for early in her career has been reunited with her patient – a doctor at the same hospital. Vilma Wong recognized pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore's name when he was doing rounds at the hosp

A nurse who never forgot a premature baby she cared for early in her career has been reunited with her patient – a doctor at the same hospital. Vilma Wong recognized pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore's name when he was doing rounds at the hosp

A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has led to a heart-warming reunion between nurse and patient.

Hospital policy dictates that all medical personnel must check in at the nurses' station before examining prematurely born infants.

Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, in a post that exploded on Facebook, says Vilma Wong recognized pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore's name when he was doing rounds at the hospital in San Jose.

"I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name". "I then got very suspicious because I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name".

She then asked Brandon if his dad was a police officer.

"I showed Vilma the picture and she lit up", Seminatore said.

Brandon Seminatore was born at Stanford Children's Hospital at just 29-weeks gestation and was cared for in the NICU nurse Vilma Wong in 1990. She and fellow nurse Kas Pilon are legendary in his family for their kindness and tender care.


She told the hospital's website: "Brandon was on my team and taking care of one of my patients".

He spent 40 days in the unit and Wong helped him grow to a still-small 2.3 kilograms. But he has the same dark eyes and alert expression. When he told her his name, Wong was shocked.

"I needed an incubator to keep me warm, a ventilator to help me breath, and had near endless pokes and prods to make sure I was healthy and growing appropriately", Seminatore said in the statement. They even provided a photo that was snapped all those years ago of Seminatore sitting on Wong's lap. He said he didn't ask, figuring they had either moved on or already retired.

After the face-to-face meeting, Seminatore texted his parents with the news. By that time, he was able to eat on his own and was beginning to thrive, Wong remembered.

Nurse Vilma Wong has been on the job for 32 years, a local publication, The Mercury News, reports. Brandon has two younger sisters who were also born in the same hospital. "I took care of him nearly 30 years ago and now he's a pediatric resident to the same population he was part".

As for Wong? She considers meeting Seminatore for the second time the payoff of her mission.

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