In 1977, three-month-old Amanda Scarpinati had a terrible accident. She suffered severe burns after rolling off a couch onto a hot-steam humidifier, and had to have extensive reconstructive surgery at Albany Medical Center in New York. Obviously, her recovery was a tough one.
Early on, at one point, she was photographed being comforted by a nurse, and the photos were Scarpinati’s salvation. She hung on to black-and-white pictures of herself as a tiny baby being comforted by that mystery nurse, always dreaming she would meet her again. And thanks to an appeal on Facebook, the two were reunited.
Scarpinati tearfully hugged Susan Berger, the then-recovery room nurse who is now executive vice-president at Cazenovia College in New York, during their first meeting in 38 years.
“Obviously this meant a lot to her,” Berger told reporters. “It definitely meant a lot to me. I had no idea it would have this impact.”
Berger, who also happens to keep that photograph with her, said their reunion is “a great reminder at the end of my career to think back on all of the interactions I’ve had with patients, all the things that I’ve done.”
And Scarpinati was thrilled to find the woman who helped her through some of her toughest times while growing up.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Scarpinati. “I never in a million years thought that I would actually know who she was.”
Now this is a happy ending. For more on the story, watch the video, above.