Nurse Realizes She Cared For Pediatric Resident 28 Years Ago In NICU


"I then got very suspicious because I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name", Wong, now 54, said in a statement after the touching story went viral on Facebook.

"Vilma walked up to me when she saw my name tag", Seminatore, 28, told TODAY. Seminatore, a second-year pediatric resident completing a child neurology residency at Stanford University, had joined Wong's team, according to the statement from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

She remembered caring for a baby with the same name whose father was a police officer, The East Bay Times reported.

When Seminatore's mom heard he was doing a month-long rotation in the NICU, she urged him to ask about both women. "And that as a matter of fact, he was a premature baby born at our hospital".

"A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has led to a heart-warming reunion between nurse and patient", a post on the hospital's Facebook page read.

Seminatore weighed 2 pounds and 6 ounces, the size of a small pineapple, when he was born in 1990.

"There was a big silence, " she said, "Then he asked if I was Vilma". Wong helped him develop until he was healthy enough to leave the hospital with his parents. "I've come full-circle and I'm taking care of babies with the nurse that took care of me".

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. But unlike most babies, one day years later he returned. 3, Seminatore spent more than 40 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with a breathing tube, where he was cared for by Wong. Wong says he has the same dark eyes and alert expression.

When Brandon's parents found out he was working at the unit, they told him to ask for Vilma and another nurse Kas Pilon, but he felt they had either moved or retired.

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.

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.