A 66-year-old woman named Lynn Bartos, who worked at a hospital for nearly fifty years, received treatment from an adult who was a former sick child under her care.
Lynn Bartos worked as a nurse at the gastrointestinal clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for more than 40 years.
She later took a job in the neurological clinic at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin as a part-time nurse, only present twice a week.
Lynn Bartos nursing a sick child, Nicole Krahn. | Source: youtube.com/CBS Evening News
The nurse battled with an autoimmune disease that led her to seek medical help at the hospital in Wisconsin, where her former patient attended to her.
It took a while before they realized their history, and the women were glad that they reconnected. So here is a story of a nurse and patient switching roles, proving that a bit of kindness does have its effects.
Lynn Bartos when she was still working as a nurse many years ago. | Source: youtube.com/CBS Evening News
NICHOLE KRAHN'S FIRST MEETING WITH THE OLDER NURSE
Long before Krahn envisioned a career in the medical field, she battled with a life-threatening condition. She was born in 1985 with twisted intestines, a medical condition called volvulus.
The infant had lost a sizeable portion of her small intestine, and it was challenging to absorb enough nutrients for survival, so she derived the nutrients through intravenous feeding.
She was placed in the care of a younger Bartos, who helped her recover for more than three years. Finally, through weeks of proper care and monitored feeding, Krahn became one of the few to survive such cases.
Nicole Krahn when she was a sick child. | Source: youtube.com/CBS Evening News
The miracle baby had her story shared in 1988's Children Nurse Magazine, a publication of the hospital that recorded overwhelming recoveries.
Bartos was intrigued by the experience because her patient had a loving family willing to go to great lengths for Krahn's recovery.
Krahn, also called Nini, found her experience inspiring, and she sought a medical career. She worked as a nurse and, about 28 years later, cared for her former nurturer.
Nicole Krahn as a nurse presently and about to attend to a patient. | Source: youtube.com/CBS Evening News
KRAHN AND BARTOS'S REUNION
On a particular day in August 2015, the seasoned nurse checked in the medical facility, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, for her regular visits as a patient.
Due to her autoimmune diseases, she was scheduled for a visit every five weeks, and that was when a young nurse, Krahn, who had been working there for two years, attended to her.
Bartos kept starring at her nurse, who also felt the face looked familiar. Eventually, they engaged in a chat, and Krahn inquired about the older woman's career.
Lynn Bartos in an interview. | Source: youtube.com/CBS Evening News
Krahn found out that her patient worked at the gastrointestinal clinic and explained that she was a patient in that clinic in the 1980s.
Immediately Krahn talked about her journey as a longtime patient. Bartos had a closer look at her name tag and blurted, "Nini?" While recounting her story, she said:
"I said, 'Nicole, I took care of you for years when you were an infant and a toddler.' We both were just stunned that our roles were reversed. There I sat as her patient."
Krahn was thrilled at Bartos's recollection and confessed that she was grateful and happy it happened. In her words:
"That was the part that got me. She remembered everything. I was in shock. The circle of how it worked out is just amazing."
Like her former patient, Bartos appreciated the reunion, stating that it was a retirement gift to discover the condition of a person she once nursed. The 66-year-old also added that it made her glad to know that she made a difference in people's lives.
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