Fate works in mysterious ways, they say. While not everyone has had their fair share of events that have made them believe in it, California nurse Vilma Wong only needed to hear a certain name to know that it’s true.
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Fifty-four-year-old Wong has been working at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in California for more than thirty years. So when she noticed that a resident did not check in at the nurse station, she knew how to handle it. What Wong did not expect, though, is that asking for the resident’s name will put her in the middle of a heartwarming hospital reunion.
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Vilma Wong approached the pediatric resident and asked for his name. When he gave it to her, she knew it sounded familiar. Turned out, the 28-year-old doctor, Brandon Seminatore, is the baby she cared for . . . twenty-eight years ago.
It was not until Wong asked Seminatore more questions, including whether his father was a policeman, that she was able to confirm the young man was the child she spent some time with more than three decades ago. The year was 1990 and Seminatore was to be delivered at the same children’s hospital at 29 weeks gestation. He was placed in NICU and was cared for by Nurse Wong.
“I asked who he was and his name, and last name sounded very familiar,” Wong shared. “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 asked him if his dad was a police officer. And there was a big silence, and then he asked me if I was Vilma, I said yes.”
Speaking to The Mercury News, Seminatore said that the moment he told his parents that he met his primary nurse, they showed him an old photo of him and Wong where the nurse was holding him on her lap. Seminatore’s parents had to keep young Brandon with Wong to make sure he got better.
“I needed an incubator to keep me warm, a ventilator to help me breathe, and had near endless pokes and prods to make sure I was healthy and growing appropriately,” Seminatore recalled. “Meeting Vilma was a surreal experience. I never expected to meet a provider who took care of me when I was a baby.”