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On Tuesday, Amanda Scarpinati, a 38-year-old woman who was affected by third-degree burns when she was only three months old, reunited with the nurse that lovingly cared for her, for the first time.
Scarpinati couldn’t hold back tears when she embraced the woman that treated her with such gentleness and help her heal in many ways. Scarpinati knew about the nurse and what she has done for her from three powerful photos published by the hospital in their 1977 annual report.
The photos were taken by Carl Howard who was able to capture the unique moments when the nurse cared for the heavily bandaged baby girl. But as Scarpinati grew older the black-and-white photos constantly reminded her that a stranger really cared for her in some of her life’s hardest moments.
So, she had the idea of finding the mysterious nurse who helped her heal. She posted the photos on Facebook and hoped for a positive response. In less than 24 hours, a former nurse from Albany Medical Center, the hospital where Scarpinati was hospitalized as an infant, contacted the woman telling her who her anonymous care taker was.
The nurse is called and she is now a vice president at Cazenovia College. When she was contacted to meet with the then-infant Scarpinati agreed immediately. The meeting took place at Albany Medical Center’s Auditorium.
On Tuesday, the two women hugged for minutes, while Scarpinati made real efforts to hold back her tears. Berger told her that she grew up as a very beautiful woman, while Scarpinati thanked the former nurse for her compassionate care in those moments.
Scarpinati said that when she was three-months old she contacted pneumonia. But one day she rolled off from her bed right into a steam water humidifier. She was rushed to the hospital with horrible burns on her head and arms. She had to undergo several surgeries over the course of years and she was often shamed for her looks.
But Berger restored her faith in humanity. Berger was also impressed by the burnt child because she didn’t cry despite the severe burns.
“I was actually very taken by her,”
the former nurse recalls.
Scarpinati said that she treasured the photos and made several attempts to find the nurse. She first tried to find her two decades ago, but she failed. Yet, this year she thought that social media may help her. Her Facebook post went viral and thousands of people shared it in less than 24 hours.
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