Sunday, September 9, 2018

US nurse discovers colleague doctor

Source Website: http://www.asiaone.com/world/us-nurse-discovers-colleague-doctor-was-premature-baby-she-cared-28-years-ago
By Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network, Asiaone, 04 September 2018


One nurse, Vilma Wong, from Palo Alto, California got to reunite with one of the premature babies she cared for 28 years ago in the very same hospital where it all started.
PHOTO: One nurse, Vilma Wong, from Palo Alto, California got to reunite with one of the premature babies she cared for 28 years ago in the very same hospital where it all started. 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. Fast forward nearly 30 years, and Vilma recognized Brandon’s name while he was rounding at our hospital. What a memory! Here’s a special look at them both then and now.
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It seemed a stroke of fate when one nurse from Palo Alto, California got to reunite with one of the premature babies she cared for 28 years ago in the very same hospital where it all started.

Vilma Wong, a nurse at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, recently crossed paths with Brandon Seminatore, a medical resident at the hospital who's training to be a child neurologist.

Twenty years ago, when Seminatore was born, he weighed only 2 pounds and 6 ounces. As reported by The East Bay Times on Sept. 3, Seminatore spent more than 40 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with a breathing tube, where he was cared for by Wong.



Vilma Wong, 54, is an NICU nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, where she has worked for 32 years.
PHOTO: Vilma Wong, 54, is an NICU nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, where she has worked for 32 years.
Dr Brandon Seminatore, 28, is currently completing his residency at the same hospital - where he was born at 29 weeks in April 1990.
For a month after being born, Dr Seminatore was looked after by Wong in the NICU because he was born so prematurely.
Now, however, the pair have reunited.
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The encounter between the two was shared on Facebook last Aug. 16 by the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. In the post, the page shared a photo of a young Wong cradling the infant Seminatore on her lap. In another photo, Wong and Seminatore can be seen posing next to each other inside the hospital, both wearing their scrubs.

"A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has led to a heart warming reunion between nurse and patient," the page stated. "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."

Almost 30 years have passed since that fateful moment, but Wong was far from forgetting the little baby she cared for. As per report, all medical residents were required to check in at the nurse's station before examining the premature babies in the NICU. It was here when Wong spotted Seminatore and asked him who he was.



Almost 30 years have passed since that fateful moment, but Wong was far from forgetting the little baby she cared for.
PHOTO: Almost 30 years have passed since that fateful moment, but Wong was far from forgetting the little baby she cared for. As per report, all medical residents were required to check in at the nurse's station before examining the premature babies in the NICU. It was here when Wong spotted Seminatore and asked him who he was.
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"His last name sounded very familiar," Wong was quoted as saying. "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.
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Seminatore’s mother has asked him to look out for a nurse called Vilma in the NICU, but the young doctor had presumed she would have already retired.


Seminatore’s mother has asked him to look out for a nurse called Vilma in the NICU, but the young doctor had presumed she would have already retired.
PHOTO: Seminatore’s mother has asked him to look out for a nurse called Vilma in the NICU, but the young doctor had presumed she would have already retired.
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When Vilma recognised 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.

Seminatore texted his parents as soon as he and Wong had made the discovery, and they replied straight away with the picture from 28 years earlier.

And Wong was equally overwhelmed by the discovery, saying, “I was in shock initially but overjoyed to know that I took care of him almost 30 years ago and now he’s as a paediatric resident to the same population he was part of when he was born.

Seminatore, however, looks far removed from the tiny premature infant that once had been under Wong's care. Today, he stands at 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 134 pounds, although still bears the same eyes and expression. For him, meeting Wong was a "surreal experience."

Seminatore said, "She cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient's name almost three decades later.''

As for Wong? She considers meeting Seminatore for the second time the payoff of her mission. She said in the report, "As a nurse, it's kind of like your reward."



As for Wong?
PHOTO: As for Wong? She considers meeting Seminatore for the second time the payoff of her mission. She said in the report, "As a nurse, it's kind of like your reward."
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Wong was equally overwhelmed by the discovery

PHOTO: Wong was equally overwhelmed by the discovery, saying, “I was in shock initially but overjoyed to know that I took care of him almost 30 years ago and now he’s as a paediatric resident to the same population he was part of when he was born.

Seminatore texted his parents as soon as he and Wong had made the discovery, and they replied straight away with the picture from 28 years earlier.
PHOTO: Seminatore texted his parents as soon as he and Wong had made the discovery, and they replied straight away with the picture from 28 years earlier.
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She cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient's name almost three decades later
PHOTO: "She cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient's name almost three decades later.''
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Seminatore’s mother has asked him to look out for a nurse called Vilma in the NICU, but the young doctor had presumed she would have already retired.
PHOTO: Seminatore’s mother has asked him to look out for a nurse called Vilma in the NICU, but the young doctor had presumed she would have already retired.
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More often than not, healthcare personnel, nurses, and doctors  are the unsung heroes effieciently working away from the glamorous world.
PHOTO: More often than not, healthcare personnel, nurses, and doctors are the unsung heroes effieciently working away from the glamorous world. At the most difficult moments they are always there with their tender care and loving heart. During our darkest moment they offer their whatever available sunshine without hesitation, and walk with us all the way out of the darkness. They offer their best encouragement and comfort during these difficult times.

However and whatever tough it maybe their actions are always the same - passionate and courageous, braving through the dangerous world of lethal viruses and bacteria. Despite the dangerous mission, they perform the sacrificing front-line duties without second thought, without complaining, and without batting an eyelid.


The true guardians of the world embarking on the well-being of yet another patient, even when at the moment when they are suppose to receive their rewards. They just lightly mention that "it is kind of like your reward". They are even willing to step aside from the limelight of glamour and continue to quietly support the needs of the healthcare industry. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, . . . years, after years, they stoically standby ready to serve at the moment notice. In hospital and dangerous area, you will see them here, you will see them there, and you will see them everywhere.

May God's blessings descend upon them, keeping them safe, and grant them success in all their endeavours.


Caregivers, even in the lowest moment there is still hope because in Hannah's prayer, she said: "for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed." When there is no one besides you - we have our Lord and other healthcare personnel, nurses and doctors. And those who stumbled are armed with strength (1 Samuel 2:3-4). You will be transformed into God's children who people trusted and relied upon.
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By Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network, Asiaone, 04 September 2018



Reference
[1] Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network, Asiaone, US nurse discovers colleague doctor was premature baby she cared for 28 years ago, posted on 04 September 2018, http://www.asiaone.com/world/us-nurse-discovers-colleague-doctor-was-premature-baby-she-cared-28-years-ago


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