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28 Years Later Nurse Meets Premature Baby She Helped Save


Anyone who has ever had medical treatment knows that nurses are pretty much angels on earth. Their care and dedication towards the comfort and health of complete strangers is a gift. Nurses come across thousands of patients in their career, but sometimes something special happens to make a patient stand out in a memorable way.

A Familiar Name

Vilma Wong has been working at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in San Jose, California for over 30 years. During that time she has seen her fair share of scores of patients. However, when she learned the name of the new pediatric resident, Brandon Seminatore, she couldn’t help but do a double take.

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“I kept asking where he was from and he told me that he was from San Jose, California, and that, as a matter of fact, he was a premature baby born at our hospital,” said Wong. “I then got very suspicious because I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name. There was a big silence and he asked if I was Vilma.”

The First Time They Met

It may have been nearly three decades since Wong last saw Seminatore, but he was a patient she would not forget. He had spent the first 40 days of his life in the NICU with Wong as one of his primary nurses. Born early at 29 weeks and at only a little over two pounds, the premature baby was now a doctor.

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When Seminatore checked out he was healthy and strong, and while he is much more grown up now, Wong states that he still has the same dark eyes and alert expression.

28 Years Later

Today, Seminatore is a second-year pediatric resident and while doesn’t say if his own experience has anything to do with his career choice, he is overly impressed with Wong. “Meeting Vilma was a surreal experience,’’ he said. “She cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient’s name almost three decades later.”

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Wong was overjoyed to see Seminatore all grown up and successful stating, “As a nurse, it’s kind of like your reward.’’

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