54-year-old Vilma Wong has worked as a NICU nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA for over three decades. Enter Dr. Brandon Seminatore who at 28 is finishing up his residency at the hospital. What’s fascinating about Seminatore’s story is that he was born prematurely at only 29 weeks in the very hospital that he now works in. What’s even more astounding is, as it turns out, Vilma Wong was the nurse who took care of him in the NICU 28 years ago.
Wong recognized the name Seminatore, but couldn’t put her finger on where she knew it from. It was when Seminatore revealed to her that he had been a patient there as a baby that she suddenly put the pieces together.
Wong told Yahoo News…
“A few weeks ago Brandon joined my team and was taking care of one of my patients. I asked who he was and his name and last name sounded very familiar. 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. 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.”
Seminatore told the same publication…
“When Vilma recognized my name, I remembered the photos my parents had shown me and it truly sunk in that I was one of these babies. I’ve come full-circle and I’m taking care of babies with the nurse that took care of me.”
Of course, they snapped this totally adorable photo together and the story was shared by the hospital’s Facebook page…
People’s hearts were warmed by the story…
— Quantified Dave (@QuantifiedDave) September 6, 2018
The circle of life …
— Ken white (@Kenwhite4444) September 6, 2018
🙂 That is sweet .
— Who do you trust? Don't ask me . (@flagramah) September 6, 2018
No coincidence though, part of God’s perfect plan
“For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
— frank j rodriguez (@whatsupdocrod) September 6, 2018
Awe, now that should warm anyone's Heart ♥️
— California Whstleblower (@WhstleBlower) September 6, 2018
Others couldn’t help but comment on the ‘before and after’…
He’s even wearing his hair the same!
— Mark Reid, MD (@medicalaxioms) August 16, 2018
Thankfully, she’s not
— Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD (@MVGutierrezMD) August 16, 2018
Disagree. 80s was so glam, best decade
— Bob Loblaw (@islaYEG) August 16, 2018
How is it that Vilma only aged 5 years in that time?!
— Shaq (@ShaqmanX) August 16, 2018
But most were just impressed by Vilma’s memory…
Does Vilma remember every patient she saw for the last 28 years?
— John Riley (@stairforce) August 16, 2018
Maybe not each and every one, but when there's a lower turnover in NICU compared to other units, you're more likely to remember patients. And sometimes there are patients you remember more than others
— Sal D'Souza (@saldsouza) August 16, 2018
And the babies sometimes stay there for months.
— Amy (@amyphee) August 16, 2018
That’s an incredible memory!
— Jason Timothy Henry (@JasonHenry3) August 16, 2018
We wish these two the best!