For decades, a woman named Amanda Scarpinati had cherished a black and white photo of a nurse who was cradling her when she was still a baby.
It was back in 1977 when the photo was taken at a hospital in New York, where Amanda was brought after suffering from a serious accident. Amanda was just three months old when she fell from the sofa into a hot-steam humidifier leaving her with third-degree burns.
In the photo, the little girl’s head was seen wrapped in gauze while the nurse was trying her best to comfort her.
At the Albany Medical Center hospital, Amanda was taken care of by a nurse. The black and white photo even showed the nurse smiling tenderly at the little girl.
Through the years, Amanda underwent surgeries that helped her recover from the incident. However, due to what had happened to her, she became a subject to bullying.
“Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented,” Amanda tells news agency AP. “‘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 then hoped that one day, she’d finally meet the nurse who took good care of her back in the days. After searching for 20 years and finding nothing, Amanda decided to use social media to find the nurse.
She then posted the black and white photos along with the caption: “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.”
Surprisingly, the photos spread like a wildfire online. The next thing she knew is that she already got a message that she’s been waiting for, all her life.
Angela Leary who worked as a nurse at the hospital of that same year had recognized her colleague Sussan Berger. It was then when they found out that Susan was just 21 when she took care of Amanda and that she had just finished college. She also saved the black and white photos and since then, she had never forgotten about the little girl with the burns on her skin.
“I remember her. She was very peaceful,” Susan remembers. “Usually when babies come out of surgery they’re sleeping or crying. She was just so calm and trusting. It was amazing.”
Not long after, they finally reunited. It was a heart-wrenching and tear-jerking reunion that broke everyone’s heart.
“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,” Susan says.
“I feel privileged to be the one to represent all the nurses who cared for Amanda over the years.”