When she was just 3-months-old, Amanda Scarpinati had an accident that left her with severe burns all over her body. When she arrived at the hospital, little Amanda was looked after by one very special nurse. Years later, the pair were reunited.
It was a terrible accident. Baby Amanda was lying on the couch. She rolled over and fell, straight onto a steam vaporizer. She screamed in pain as her skin was scolded and burned.
She was rushed to hospital, where nurse Sue Berger bandaged her up.
Berger was smitten by the child and did all she could to cheer her up and help her feel better until she was discharged. She even took a few photos of Amanda and gave them to Amanda’s parents, so that, when she grew older, the little girl could look back and know that someone was looking after her.
This all occurred back in 1977.
As she grew older, Amanda was bullied relentlessly because of her burns. In times of sadness, she would look at the photos and smile at the sight of this friendly nurse keeping her company.
“Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented,” Amanda said. “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 and caring for me.”
Almost 40 years after her stay in the hospital, Amanda decided to try and get in contact with the nurse who had helped her. She posted a note on Facebook, and it didn’t take long for people to track Berger down.
They organized a reunion back at the same hospital where they had met, so many years ago.
“I couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe it,” said Amanda. “The emotion I felt — I wasn’t prepared for when I saw her. It was almost like hugging a mom.”
Amanda is now able to live with a positive attitude, unperturbed by her burns. She has been inspired by Berger’s kindness and vows to live with a hopeful, optimistic mindset in order to help other people feel better about themselves.
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