Bullying Victim Finally Reunites With The Nurse Who Saved Her Life 38 Years Ago

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When Amanda Scarpinati was just a baby back in 1977, she got severely burned by a hot steam humidifier. Because of her scars, the poor woman was even bullied back in school – other kids used to call her a witch. What kept her going was the memory of a sweet nurse who took care of her during her recovery. She kept the hospital’s annual report with the pictures of her and the unknown nurse together, hoping she could meet her someday. One day, she decided to share the photos on Facebook, and a miracle happened. In just a few days Amanda found the nurse and the two had the most heartwarming reunion one could imagine.

When Amanda Scarpinati was just 3 months old, she suffered from severe burnsĀ from a hot steam humidifier in 1977

“Story goes something like this: I was sick, placed on a couch and a hot steam humidifier was placed on the floor next to the couch,” Amanda wrote on Facebook. “I was left unattended and rolled off the couch and laid on the humidifier on top of where the steam came out.”

“Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented,” Amanda, now 38, told AP

“I took comfort looking at the pictures of… a nurse who took care of me. Looking at them, I felt her love and compassion”

Amanda had plenty of surgeries over the years and forgave the bullies. “I forgive them,” she wrote on Facebook. “I actually spoke with a person who was the first to call me a witch.. and they are very sorry and teach their children to not bully.”

Sadly, Amanda didn’t know who the nurse was – she only had the hospital’s annual report with a few photos

After many years of unsuccessful attempts to find the sweet nurse, Amanda turned to Facebook

Her post was shared over 1,7k times and, in a few days, Amanda was contacted by a former colleague of the nurse

And just like that, Amanda was finally reunited with Susan Berger, the nurse whose memory kept her going through all of these years

“There was an instant bond, and I melted in her arms once again,” Amanda told CNN

“I remember her,” Ms Berger said to AP. “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”

“I don’t know how many nurses would be lucky enough to… have someone remember you all that time. I feel privileged to be the one to represent all the nurses who cared for her over the years”