Anyone who has ever had medical treatment knows that nurses are pretty much angels on earth. Your concern and dedication to the comfort and health of complete strangers is a gift. Nurses encounter thousands of patients in their careers, but sometimes something special happens to highlight a patient in an unforgettable way.
A well-known name
Vilma Wong has been working at the Stanford Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in San Jose, California for over 30 years. During this time, she has seen many patients, but when she learned the name of the new pediatric resident, Brandon Seminatore, she could not help but double-click.
"I kept asking where he came from and he told me he was from San Jose, California, and that he was actually a premature baby who was born in our hospital," Wong said. "I became very suspicious because I remember that I was the primary nurse for a baby with the same last name, there was a great silence and he asked if I was Vilma."
The first time they met
It's been almost three decades since Wong Seminatore last saw him, but he was a patient she would not forget. Born early in the 29th week and with just over two pounds, the current doctor spent the first 40 days of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit with Wong as one of his first nurses.
When he checked out, he was healthy and strong, and although he was much grown-up, Wong says he still has the same dark eyes and an alarming look on his face.
28 years later
Today the seminar is a second year pediatric residents and although he does not say if his own experience has anything to do with his career choice, he is very impressed with Wong. "Meeting Vilma was a surreal experience," he said. "She cares so much about her patients, to the point she could remember patients Name almost three decades later. "
Wong was overjoyed to see the seminars all grown up and successful and said, "As a nurse, it's kind of like your reward."