Lucile Packard Children's nurse discovers colleague was baby she cared for in NICU

Vilma Wong, a nurse at Stanford, Calif.-based Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford for more than 32 years, recently discovered one of her colleagues is a baby she cared for 28 years ago in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Ms. Wong met 28-year-old Brandon Seminatore in August. Mr. Seminatore, a second-year pediatric resident completing a child neurology residency at Stanford University, had joined Ms. Wong's team.

"I asked who he was and his name, and [the] last name sounded very familiar," Ms. Wong said."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."

When Mr. Seminatore started his residency at Packard Children's, his mother asked him to look for nurse Vilma in the NICU.

"Meeting Vilma was a surreal experience," he said. "When Vilma recognized my name, 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."

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