Everyone thanks the doctors for saving their lives after a stay in the hospital, but there is someone else who is always around making a huge difference. That is the nurses.
Nurses are some of the most kind and caring people out there, and they make the world of difference to patients in need. For Amanda Scarpinati, she was particularly grateful to a nurse who cared for her 38 years ago when she was a baby.
When Amanda was just 3-months-old she suffered a horrific accident. She fell from the sofa and into a hot-steam humidifier, which left her with third-degree burns. Growing up, she suffered at the hands of unkind people who commented on her scars but there was one stranger who had loved her unconditionally.
Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented. I’d look at those pictures and talk to her, even though I didn’t know who she was. I took comfort looking at this woman who seemed so sincere caring for me.
Amanda cherished a black and white photograph of her as a hospitalized baby, being cuddled by a kind young nurse. In times of need, coping with bullying and several operations, Amanda clung to that photograph for comfort. At least she knew that one person cared about her and wasn’t afraid of her appearance.
When Amanda grew up, she wanted to search for the nurse who had cared for her all those years ago. But after 20 years of searching, she still hadn’t found the woman. In a last ditch attempt, she took to social media.
After 38 years, Amanda wanted to know who her guardian angel was
Sharing the black and white photograph on her Facebook page, Amanda appealed to her friends for any information they may have.
I would love to know her name and possibly get a chance to talk to her and meet her. Please share, as you never know who it could reach.
Miraculously, thanks to the power of social media, within just 24 hours somebody reached out with information. Angela Leary had been a nurse at the hospital and recognized her colleague, Sue Berger. At the time of Amanda’s accident, Sue had only been 21-years-old and just out of college. But she had never forgotten the baby girl with burns from the picture.
I remember her. She was very peaceful. Usually, when babies come out of surgery they’re sleeping or crying. She was just so calm and trusting. It was amazing. – Sue Berger
38 years after Amanda’s accident, she was finally reunited with her guardian angel. It was emotional, to say the least.
Watch the video below to see Amanda Scarpinati and Sue Berger meet for the first time since that fateful meeting 38 years before. Sometimes you may not realize just how big an impact you make on somebody else’s life.
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