Woman tracks down nurse who gave her comfort decades ago as a baby

Published On October 1, 2015 | By Keri | Middays

As a baby, Amanda Scarpinati was the victim of a horrible accident.

When she was just 3 months old, Scarpinati tumbled off a couch and onto a hot steam humidifier which burned her so badly she needed decades of reconstructive surgery.

And while it took more than 20 years to recover from those horrific injuries, it took a day to find a nurse that gave her comfort in the hospital.

Albany Medical Center’s 1977 annual report shows a young nurse cradling a young Scarpinati, her head wrapped in gauze. In one, Scarpinati is seen gazing up to this anonymous nurse.

Now 38, Scarpinati says she was bullied, picked on and tormented as a youngster for her disfigurement. But she said she found great comfort in those photos.

“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.”

Prompted by a friend, Scarpinati used social media and was finally able to find out exactly who that woman was who brought her comfort, not just during her hospital stay, but throughout her life.

It was Susan Berger who was just 21 when she nursed Scarpinati back to health all those years ago.

More on their story HERE and make sure to watch their reunion below!!



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