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Burned Baby Grows Up Haunted By Mystery Nurse In Photo And 38 Years Later She Tracks Her Down

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

In 1977, Amanda Scarpinati was just 3 months old when she fell onto a hot-steam humidifier and suffered third-degree burns.

Doctors at the Albany Medical Center in New York treated Amanda, but her scars left a lasting impact on her life. She grew up disfigured by the burns and was the victim of bullying and torment.

But there was always a bright light in the darkness — something tangible that she could always turn to.

Amanda grew up with a set of black-and-white photos printed in the hospital’s 1977 annual report. The photos were taken when Amanda was treated there as an infant, her tiny head wrapped in gauze.

A young nurse, whose name was not printed with the photos, cradled her tightly.

“I’d look at those pictures and talk to her, even though I didn’t know who she was,” Amanda says. “I took comfort looking at this woman who seemed so sincere, caring for me.”

Amanda spent 20 years trying desperately to track down the mystery nurse from the photos, but with no luck. Then, in 2015, she took to Facebook in the hopes social media would help. She posted the black-and-white hospital photos on Facebook.

The post went viral. Amanda made a stunning discovery within 24 hours…

Watch the video below to see how this 38-year-old mystery was finally solved, and please SHARE this with your friends on Facebook!

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