Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Nurse Has Heartwarming Reunion With The Burned Baby She Saved 38 Years Ago.

When Amanda Scarpinati was three months old, the unthinkable happened: She rolled off the couch and into a boiling steam vaporizer, scalding much of her small body. Scarpinati spent months in the hospital recovering from those burns, primarily being cared for by a nurse named Sue Berger.

28 years later, Scarpinati was able to reunite with the nurse who cared for her, and the experience was profound. Here's what she had to say about the reunion in an interview:

Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented. 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.

This is a photo of Amanda Scarpinati after she was injured. As you can see much of her body and head were covered in burns.

The nurse holding her is Sue Berger. Her love and care during Amanda's time of need has left a profound impact on her life. The two were able to find each other after almost four decades, and Scarpinati used the opportunity to thank the woman who comforted and cared for her all those years ago.

"I couldn't believe it, couldn't believe it," Scarpinati said during an interview. "The emotion I felt I wasn't prepared for when I saw her. It was almost like hugging a mom."

EMOTIONAL REUNION: Woman badly burned as a baby is reunited with the nurse who cared for her 38 years ago. http://nbcnews.to/1j1bjpQ

Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sources: NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Amanda Scarpinati

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