Have you ever come across someone you knew as a baby and marveled at how much that person has grown?
It almost seems surreal sometimes, doesn’t it? It’s fun to see how people have changed, what they look like now, and what they’ve decided to do with their lives.
Life is full of chance meetings, of people who come into and out of our lives. And despite it being such a big world, our lives are full of these coincidental reunions.
Vilma Wong, a nurse in California, had just such an unexpected encounter.
According to the Stanford Children’s Health blog, Vilma (who works in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital) recently came across one of the hospital’s newest physicians.
For some reason she couldn’t quite put her finger on, his name rang a bell.
As it turned out, Vilma had met the doctor years ago, at the fragile beginning of his life.
Nearly three decades ago, the longtime nurse had taken care of a premature baby born via emergency C-section at only 29 weeks. Weighing only 2 lbs., 9 oz. at birth, he was a fighter who spent 40 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, with Vilma as his primary care nurse. The baby’s name was Brandon Seminatore.
Skipping ahead 28 years to the present day, Vilma found herself working alongside a resident with the same last name as that baby from long ago. Rightly concluding that the uncommon last name couldn’t be just a coincidence, she asked the young pediatric neurology resident a series of questions to determine if the tiny baby from so many years ago was now a grown man practicing medicine himself.
As it turned out, he was. The two shared a reunion that has since gone viral online, warming the hearts of many all over the world.
“Meeting Vilma was a surreal experience,” Dr. Seminatore said. “When Vilma recognized my name, it truly sunk in that I was one of these babies. I’ve come full-circle and I’m taking care of babies with the nurse that took care of me.”
Vilma was equally moved by meeting the tall, healthy young man: “Although it is a very challenging profession, being a NICU nurse is also very rewarding. I consider myself very lucky to be in a profession that I love, and to make a difference in somebody’s life.”
Check out the video below to learn more about the circumstances of this unlikely reunion!
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