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


During morning rounds at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford last month, pediatrics resident Brandon Seminatore and nurse Vilma Wong each were jolted by a blast from the past.

"As a nurse, " she said, "it's kind of like your reward". "I then got very suspicious because I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name".

Brandon was on my team and taking care of one of my patients.

"A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has led to a heart warming reunion between nurse and patient", the page stated.

Brandon is now a second-year paediatric resident at the hospital, working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). At 29 weeks old, weighing two pounds, six ounces (1.1 kilograms), Brandon had to spend 40 days in the intensive care unit - and was nursed back to health by Vilma herself.

To confirm her hunch, she asked him if his dad was a police officer. "And there was a big silence, and then he asked me if I was Vilma, I said yes". Seeing the name Seminatore on a young doctor's ID badge caused her nursing senses to tingle.

"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 helped calm a lot of our fears".

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After the face-to-face meeting, Seminatore texted his parents with the news. Wong, now 54, said she loves her work and has no plans to retire.

The icing on the cake was that his father, retired San Jose police officer David Seminatore, found a photo of Wong holding his infant son.

The man in question - Brendan Seminatore - is now a second-year paediatric neurology resident at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

He said: "When Vilma recognised my name, it truly sank in that I was one of these babies".

Now, 28 years later, Brandon says it's "surreal" to have met her. But unlike most babies, one day years later he returned.

Seminatore, who is studying to be a childhood neurologist, is grateful for the care he received early in his life.

Almost three decades ago, there was a preemie with the same name that Wong had cared for in the NICU.