When Amanda Scarpinati was just three months old, she fell onto a hot-steam humidifier. The accident caused her to suffer third-degree burns, for which she was treated at the Albany Medical Center in New York. One special nurse cared for her there as her burns healed, and in the decades since, she’s remained at the back of Scarpinati’s mind.
Throughout her life, Scarpinati held onto a set of black-and-white photos that had been printed in the hospital’s 1977 annual report — the year she’d been treated there as a baby. Pictured in the photos were a three-month-old Scarpinati being held by the young nurse with a kind face — the sweet lady who’d touched her life.
“I’d look at those pictures and talk to her, even though I didn’t know who she was,” Scarpinati said. “I took comfort looking at this woman who seemed so sincere, caring for me.”
Over the years, Scarpinati had gone to great lengths to find the unnamed woman. Unfortunately, 20 years of searching didn’t turn up anything useful — that is, until 2015, when she shared the photos on Facebook. She’d hoped someone would see the pictures and recognize the nurse, and thanks to the power of social media, someone did.
Her post quickly went viral, and it only took a day for someone to identify the nurse as Susan Berger, who’d been 21 years old when the photos were taken. Finally, at 38 years old, Scarpinati got to meet the woman who’d made such an impact on her life. As it turns out, she’d made a pretty big impact on Berger’s life as well.
Watch their emotional reunion in the video below. It was nearly 40 years in the making!
What a beautiful moment for both women to experience so long after their first meeting. Something tells me they’ll remain a part of each other’s lives.
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