Nurse discovers colleague was premature baby she once treated

A nurse who never forgot a premature baby she cared for early in her career has been reunited with her patient – a doctor at the same hospital. Vilma Wong recognized pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore's name when he was doing rounds at the hosp

A nurse who never forgot a premature baby she cared for early in her career has been reunited with her patient – a doctor at the same hospital. Vilma Wong recognized pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore's name when he was doing rounds at the hosp

There's nothing like the bond that is created with little ones during the early days of their arrival - and neonatal intensive care nurse Vilma Wong is proving that's true for the medical professionals who care for babies, too.

"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.

When the doctor told her his name, it "sounded familiar", she told The Mercury News. Today, he stands at 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 134 pounds, although still bears the same eyes and expression.

Wong recalled his father was a police officer and asked him if he was the same person.

Thinking the nurse had probably retired, Seminatore disregarded his mom's request and continued to work at the hospital - unaware that the woman who once held him as a baby was working in the same building.

The hospital said Brandon was born 28 years ago in its NICU; he was just 29 weeks old.

"They were the most wonderful nurses, " his mother, Laura Seminatore, told the Mercury News.

"I was in shock initially, but overjoyed to know that I took care of him nearly 30 years ago and now he's a pediatric resident to the same population he was part of when he was born", she said in the hospital press release.

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.

Wong remembered the Seminatore baby's father was a police officer.

When Wong noticed Seminatore's name on a staffing list, she couldn't help but shake the feeling she had seen it before.

"Meeting Vilma was a surreal experience", Seminatore said in a press release issued by the hospital.

A California nurse realized one of the hospital's pediatric residents was much more than just a co-worker.

The story of their reunion at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto has gone viral on social media. "They helped calm a lot of our fears". By that time, he was able to eat on his own and was beginning to thrive, Wong remembered.

For Wong, meeting Seminatore for the second time was a joy. To his amazement, she was still working on the wards.

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. Some messages are from other families who remember "Auntie Vilma" fondly.

"The world needs more Vilmas", noted one commenter.

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