Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Nurse discovers colleague was premature baby she once treated

Nurse discovers colleague was premature baby she once treated

Seminatore described meeting the nurse who had taken such good care of him as an infant as a "surreal experience," adding that "she cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient's name nearly three decades later".

The 28-year-old texted his father shortly after meeting Wong to tell the retired police officer of the incredible coincidence, and David Seminatore then found an old photo he had taken of Wong holding his son as a tiny baby while in the NICU.

Pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore was doing a monthlong rotation at the same neonatal intensive care unit where he was cared for as a newborn when he came across someone from his past.

Mr Seminatore weighed two pounds and six ounces, the size of a small pineapple, when he was born in 1990.

The hospital said Vilma recognized Brandon's name all of these years later as he was making his rounds in the hospital. She asked him who he was and thought his name sounded familiar. But he has the same dark eyes and alert expression.

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Wong then asked Seminatore if his dad was a police officer.

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"I showed Vilma the picture and she lit up", Seminatore said.

Seminatore spent 40 days in NICU as an infant, checking out a healthy 5 pounds, 2 ounces.

Wong, who is now 54, says the reunion has been nothing short of joyful.

In the post, the page shared a photo of a young Ms Wong cradling the infant Dr Seminatore in her lap. Having the opportunity later in life to meet a baby she had nurtured makes the job even better, she said. The young man said his name was Brandon Seminatore.

He couldn't believe that more than 28 years later, Wong would remember having cared for him. He required months of care from Wong and a team of other medical professionals who helped nurse him back to full health. "She has a very special place in our hearts!"

Seminatore said his own history in the hospital may have been a factor in his decision to become a doctor. But he was impressed by Wong. He had been working in the unit for a month and had done so in 2017, before meeting Vilma.

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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