Amanda met this kind young nurse many years ago, while staying in a hospital in Albany. After 38 years, Amanda finally found that lady, and thanked her for her kindness.
When she was just a baby, Amanda Scarpinati was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment after she was injured. She had suffered severe burns caused by a hot steam humidifier. During her stay at the hospital, a kind young nurse tended to young Amanda, holding and comforting her. A few of those moments were captured by a photographer, and were eventually published in the Medical Center’s 1977 annual report. It was these heartwarming photos that would lead Amanda to seek out her former caregiver many years later.
A nurse comforts Amanda while she was being treated at the Albany Medical Center.
Now an adult, Amanda shared that—having kept the photos—at one time those photos had consoled her during a rather gloomy period in her life. “I took comfort looking at the pictures of a beautiful woman—a nurse who took care of me,” Amanda said. “Looking at them, I felt her love and compassion.” Amanda explained how she had always wanted to find that young nurse and thank her for her act of kindness.
These photos were published in the Albany Medical Center’s 1977 annual report. They comforted Amanda in her hour of need.
For years, Amanda had tried to find the nurse, but was unsuccessful. She later decided to try her luck on social media by posting the images on Facebook, and within a day she received an affirmative response. She discovered that the nurse’s name was Susan Berger, and that she had been only 21-years-old at the time when the photos were taken. When she was a baby, Amanda had been one of the nurse’s very first patients on the job.
Two weeks later, the now fully grown Amanda met Susan—38 years after their first encounter—at the Albany Medical Center.
Amanda had been searching for that nurse for years, but to no avail.
Looking back, Susan recalled her memory of Amanda many years ago: “She was very peaceful. Usually, when babies come out of surgery they’re sleeping or crying. She was just so calm and trusting. It was amazing.” Susan did not expect such a warm gesture from a patient after so many years.