California Nurse Finds out Colleague Was Premature Baby She Cared for 28 Years Ago

Annie Wang
By Annie Wang
September 6, 2018Peopleshare
California Nurse Finds out Colleague Was Premature Baby She Cared for 28 Years Ago
Nurse and the baby she helped care for reunited after 28 years. (Facebook/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford)

Vilma Wong, a neonatal intensive care nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, just found out her colleague, Brandon Seminatore, was the premature baby she took care of 28 years ago, who weighed only 2 pounds and 6 ounces after he was born at the hospital, according to People.

Last month, Wong came across Seminatore in blue scrubs standing in front of the incubator, and she asked for his name. After one of the doctors told her his name, she thought it was a familiar name, reported The Mercury News.

Knowing that he is from San Jose, California, and was born as a premature baby at the hospital, Wong became suspicious. “Because I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name,” Wong told the news.

Wong also asked if his dad was a police officer. Right after she got a positive answer, Seminatore finally asked if she was Vilma.

The reunion was surreal to both Vilma and Seminatore, and the hospital decided to tell the amazing story through Facebook, which has been shared over 4,700 times.

28-year-old Seminatore told The Mercury that he texted his father after the surprising incident. The father, retired San Jose police officer David Seminatore, went to dig out an old photo of Wong holding baby Seminatore in the NICU.

To Seminatore, this memory might play a part in him becoming a healer. And for Wong, she said it’s like a big reward for her lifetime’s work as a nurse.

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