Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

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

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

When the doctor called his name,"it sounded very familiar, "said the nurse".

"When Vilma recognized my name, it truly sunk in that I was one of these babies".

Seminatore is now a second-year pediatric neurology resident at the same hospital where he was born. Wong asked Seminatore if his father was a police officer.

Seminatore, however, looks far removed from the tiny premature infant that once had been under Wong's care. It was here when Wong spotted Seminatore and asked him who he was.

After 32 years working as a paediatric nurse, she'd met her fair share of people, so it was likely they had crossed paths. According to Vilma, she's happy that the guy chose as the place of work is the hospital, where he was born.

Hospital Lucile Packard Children's Hospital made a decision to publish on his page in Facebook unique story of the reunification of Wilma and Brandon. He had weighed in at just 2 pounds 6 ounces.

"There was a big silence", she said, "and then he asked if I was Vilma".

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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. "I've come full-circle and I'm taking care of babies with the nurse that took care of me".

"Vilma was my daughter's primary nurse, I just simply love her!" wrote Monica Rodriguez Regalado. But unlike most babies, one day years later he returned. Wong says he has the same dark eyes and alert expression.

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. 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.

Brandon said: "Meeting Vilma was a surreal experience".

Seminatore had done a similar month-long stint in the unit a year ago without realizing the nurses from his infancy both still worked there. Seminatore immediately texted his parents when he and Wong reunited in the NICU.

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.

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