Nurse discovers colleague was premature baby she once treated

Brandon Seminatore and Vilma Wong in 2018 and 1990

Brandon Seminatore and Vilma Wong in 2018 and 1990

In particular, thanks to the efforts and care of Wilma it survived and left Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto (California) - the nurse was sure forever.

Paediatric resident Brandon Seminatore was doing a month-long rotation at the same neonatal intensive care unit where he was cared for as a newborn when he came across someone from his past. Now, he has returned to the hospital as a colleague in the same hospital.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford shared the tale of the serendipitous reunion on Facebook, and the powerful story has gained widespread attention.

He spent 40 days in the unit and Wong helped him grow to a still-small 2.3 kilograms. Wong helped him develop until he was healthy enough to leave the hospital with his parents. When he told her his name, Wong was shocked.

"His last name sounded very familiar", she recalled.

She thought she remembered him and asked him whether his father was a police officer.

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

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Vilma, Brandon says, is famous in his family for being the nurse who cared for him when he was born prematurely. They even provided a photo that was snapped all those years ago of Seminatore sitting on Wong's lap.

Seminatore said, "She cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient's name nearly three decades later".

"They were the most wonderful nurses", said Laura Seminatore, who was a kindergarten teacher in 1990 when her only son was born and is now the principal at St. John Vianney Catholic school in San Jose. Wong, who is 54 now, isn't leaving any time soon. Per the Mercury News, Vilma Wong said she asked Brandon Seminatore, MD his name when he began working on her team.

Brandon texted his parents after meeting Vilma, and his dad, a retired police officer dug up a photo of Brandon and Vilma.

Nurse intensive care 54-year-old Wilma Wong cares for premature newborn children for almost 30 years.

Seminatore said his own history in the hospital may have been a factor in his decision to become a doctor.

"As a nurse", she said, "it's kind of like your reward".

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