Amanda Scarpinati has had a special bond with a stranger for the past 38 years. When she was three years old, Amanda fell onto a hot-steam humidifier that left her with third-degree burns. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she received care from a nurse whose name her parents never learned. All she has to remind her of this experience are a few black and white photographs that document her recovery.
Her nurse would wrap her in gauze while the two shared peaceful looks. Scarpinati's healing took time, unfortunately, and her struggle continued far beyond the hospital and her loving nurse.
“Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented,” Scarpinati told the Associated Press. “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 tried to track down her nurse for years but was unable to find anything. That all changed when she shared her story on social media, asking everyone who read it to pass it on. After only a day, she was contacted by Angela Leary, a nurse who'd worked at the hospital during that time. She was able to identify the mystery nurse as Susan Berger.
Beger, who is now the Executive Vice President of New York’s Cazenovia College, was only 21 years old at the time. Amanda was surprised to hear that Susan had held on to the same photos of their time together.
“I don’t know how many nurses would be lucky enough to have something like this happen, to have someone remember you all that time,” Berger said. “I feel privileged to be the one to represent all the nurses who cared for her over the years.”
38 years after the moment that bonded them, the two women were able to reunite.
Watch their emotional reunion below:
Via: Little Things