Nurse Vilma Wong, who was caring for little Brandon Seminatore at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford neonatal intensive care unit in Palo Alto, California, was struck by his dark eyes and alert expression. 3, Seminatore spent more than 40 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with a breathing tube, where he was cared for by Wong.
It was Vilma Wong that discovered that her new colleague was the child she cared for 28 years ago after she thought Brandon's name sounded familiar. "You could see it jogged something in her mind".
"She asked me if I grew up in this area".
"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", she said.
"She furrowed her brow". She remembered caring for a baby with the same name whose father was a police officer. "I said, 'He's retired now, but, yes, he used to be one'". Seminatore was finally able to leave the hospital with his parents.
It was a lightbulb moment for the young resident.
"My mother said, 'Look for Vilma", Seminatore recalled.
"As a nurse", she said, "it's kind of like your reward". "She took care of you'". Seminatore immediately texted his parents when he and Wong reunited in the NICU.
Wong remembered the Seminatore baby's father was a police officer.
Vilma said she was initially in shock about the meeting, "But overjoyed to know that I took care of him nearly 30 years ago and now he's a paediatric resident to the same population he was part of when he was born".
"In the end I didn't have to look for Vilma", he said.
Vilma Wong, who'd been working at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford for more than 32 years, met Brandon Seminatore, 28, in August. It has drawn more than 900 comments, with many hailing Wong's dedication to a career of caring for infants.
"The world needs more Vilmas", one said.
The daughter of Chinese parents, Wong grew up in Nicaragua and moved to the US when was 16.
A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has led to a heart-warming reunion between nurse and.
"I was overjoyed", Wong told TODAY.
"A few weeks ago Brandon joined my team and was taking care of one of my patients", Wong explained, according to the Independent. What are the chances?
For Seminatore, the stoic nurse has inspired him to dedicate his life to providing the very best care possible for his patients.