One California nurse recently discovered that her new colleague happened to be a premature baby she cared for 28-years ago.
Vilma Wong was working as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California 28-years ago when she was introduced to Brandon Seminatore. He was only 2 lbs., and 6 oz when he was born. She cared for the little guy until he was able to go home months later.
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But last month, she came face to face with Seminatore, who was making his rounds as a second-year pediatric resident at the hospital. Wong began talking to him, and when he revealed his last name, as well as how he had once been a preemie at the hospital, Wong immediately realized she was once his nurse.
Wong wanted to ensure she remembered the correct baby, so she asked Seminatore if his father was a police officer. When he answered yes, Wong revealed their connection to the young resident. Seminatore asked her if she was Nurse Vilma and when she announced she was the two had a tearful, yet joyful reunion. As it turns out, the young man's parents had told him all about the nurse who gave him the special care he needed when he was a baby.
Their reunion story has since gone viral, even catching the attention of the local news. Both Wong and Seminatore have expressed how surreal it is to be working together all of these years later. After being reunited the young man texted his parents to share the shocking details of his new colleague. However, his father decided to one-up Brandon. The retired San Jose police officer dug up a photo of his newborn son with Wong in the ICU almost 30-years-ago.
Vilma Wong and Brandon Seminatore are now co-workers, but back in the day, she took care of him as a premature baby. The connection between these two colleagues is so powerful and will last a lifetime. Their reunion has been nothing but rewarding for the both of them. Wong even told the media it is moments like reuniting with Seminatore that remind her why she loves her job. It is tough, challenging, but oh so worth it.