It's a small world after all... When Renata Freydin and David Caldwell's son was born prematurely, he needed some extra care from the nurses at the hospital. During this emotional time, the couple took a moment to go through 33-year-old David's family album from when he was a baby. Suddenly, they came across a photo with a rather familiar face and it belonged to the same nurse that was caring for their son at that very moment.
Renata, 34, noticed that the nurse holding baby David in the picture looked awfully similar to the woman in the neonatal intensive care unit that was taking care of their newborn son, Zayne. Since it had already been three decades since that picture was taken, they were simply at a loss for words.
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Renata posted on Facebook saying "I came across a picture of him as a baby and a lady holding him. I knew that lady!! I immediately asked him who she was and he confirmed that she was the nurse who took care of him during his stay in the NICU and his mom loved her so much that she needed a photo of the two of them on the day he was discharged!
Well, the reason I know her is because I swore she was the nurse that had been taking care of our baby boy for the past three days! David didn't believe me. We brought the picture to the hospital where 3 other nurses confirmed it was her! Yesterday (Valentine's Day) she was back at work and taking care of our little nugget again so we had to recreate the picture!
The past 2 weeks have been filled with worries and uncertainty but we can breathe easy knowing my lil nuggets nurse is the same one that helped the man I love when he was in the same situation."
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Lissa, the nurse from the hospital, is now at the age of 61. She had been working at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Jersey since 10 September 1981. She loves her job and has only taken a little sabbatical when her children were born. The now mother of three explained "I love NICU nursing. It is definitely a passion. I love my babies and the impact we as NICU nurses have on our families, we become their family too.
It's not unusual to have parents bring their preemies [premature births] back to see us and with social media, it's easy to stay in touch to see our little ones grow. But to meet up with a former preemie while caring for his son is unique for me."
She believes that the only way to explain this event is fate. Lisa said, "I think a significant point is that David's mom has passed on and that date truly brought us together - his mom's way of reconnecting I think."