Nurse Vilma Wong, who was caring for little Brandon Seminatore at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford neonatal intensive care unit in Palo Alto, California, was struck by his dark eyes and alert expression. Dr. Brandon Seminatore, 28, is completing his residency at the same medical center.
Then last month, Ms Wong, 54, spoke to a second-year paediatric resident in blue scrubs near one of the incubators. 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.
Seminatore praises Wong's dedication and admires the fact that even under all that stress she was able to remember a patient's name almost three decades later.
His mom shared a photo of Wong holding him on her lap when he was 29 weeks old. "I took care of this patient, and now he's treating the patients he was part of".
"I asked who he was and his last name sounded very familiar", Vilma recalled to ITV news.
"He told me he was from San Jose and that as a matter of fact, he was a premature baby born at our hospital", Wong said.
She remembered caring for a baby with the same name whose father was a police officer, The East Bay Times reported.
The report said that all medical residents were required to check in at the nurse's station before examining premature babies in the NICU. She told the paper she loves her job and has no plans of retiring.
Now, 28 years later, Brandon says it's "surreal" to have met her. "I then got very suspicious because I remember being the primary nurse to a baby with the same last name", she added.
He was shocked she remembered him, especially because she takes care of so many babies in the unit.
Laura Seminatore, Brandon's mother, had told her son to look up the nurses that looked after him when he was born.
A chance encounter at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has led to a heart-warming reunion between nurse and. By that time, he was able to eat on his own and was beginning to thrive, Wong remembered. Then he asked me if I was Vilma.
Despite the almost three decades in between, and the thousands of babies Wong has since cared for after Seminatore was discharged, she immediately recognized his name when she heard it.
"She cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient's name nearly three decades later, " Seminatore added.