For decades, Amanda Scarpinati held on to black-and-white photos of a nurse holding her at 3 months old.
The 1977 photos were taken at the Albany Medical Center in New York after Scarpinati fell from a couch onto a hot-steam humidifier. She suffered severe third-degree burns and her head was wrapped in thick gauze.
In the years that followed, she would undergo several surgeries and be teased by her classmates.
But, like the nurse who did the unthinkable for her patient with terminal cancer, this nurse also provided much more than just medical aid.
“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.”
Scarpinati hoped to one day find the nurse who gave her comfort through such a dire time. After 20 years of searching with no luck, Scarpinati turned to the power of social media. She shared the precious photos on her Facebook page writing, “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.”
Her post went viral and what happened next is truly heartwarming…
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