Over two decades ago, nurse Vilma Wong helped care for Brandon Seminatore when he was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Brandon is now a resident at the same hospital.
Vilma, from California, had a heartwarming reunion with Brandon, the baby she cared for 28 years ago. He has come of age and works in the same hospital where he was born, as reported by CBS News.
The hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, took to Facebook last month to share the story of their reunion.
"A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has led to a heart-warming reunion between nurse and patient," the hospital wrote.
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"Brandon, one of our pediatric residents, was born 28 years ago in our NICU--then just 29 weeks old. Vilma was his primary care nurse," the hospital added.
"Fast forward nearly 30 years, and Vilma recognized Brandon’s name while he was rounding at our hospital."
As reported by the Mercury News, Vilma has been on the job for 32 years. Her reunion with Brandon just proved the long-lasting bond nurses like her could develop with their patients.
Twenty-eight years ago, Brandon was immediately taken to the NICU after his mother's emergency C-section. Vilma was the primary care nurse for the tiny baby boy - who weighed only two pounds and six ounces.
Little Brandon spent 40 days in the unit and Vilma helped him grow to five pounds, two ounces. Along with his parents, he was finally able to leave the hospital. However, one day years later he returned.
Vilma was still working at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Recently, she saw the new face in scrubs. She decided to ask the man his name.
"Brandon Seminatore," he replied.
According to Vilma, the last name sounded familiar. She told the Mercury News: "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."
"I then got very suspicious because I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name," she added.
Vilma then asked him if his father was a police officer. Brandon is the son of retired San Jose police officer David Seminatore.
"There was a big silence," Vilma said. "And then he asked if I was Vilma."
Knowing that she takes care of many newborns in the unit, Brandon was appalled she recognized him. He knew her name because their family often talked about her and fellow nurse Kas Pilon.
Brandon said that meeting Vilma face to face was "surreal." During his month-long rotation at the hospital's NICU, his mother, Laura Seminatore, had motivated him to find both Vilma and Kas.
"They were wonderful nurses," Laura told the Mercury News. "They helped calm a lot of our fears."
Brandon immediately texted his parents to inform them that he and Vilma reunited in the NICU. He said that one of the factors in his decision to become a doctor was his own history in the hospital.