An Impactful Reunion 38 Years In The Making
When Amanda Scarpinati was 3 months old she had rolled off a couch onto a boiling steam vaporizer. Scarpinati had to have many reconstructive surgeries for her skin.
She explains that while growing up, other children would bully and pick on her because of her scars. But then went on to saying what was the reason that helped her keep a positive attitude.
“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.”
After many years of searching for the woman in the photo that was taken back in 1977 at Albany Medical Center and shared in their annual report, she finally received a miracle.
One woman had recognized the nurse in the photo with Scarpinati through her Facebook post. A school nurse in Delmar, New York had recognized Sue Berger in the photo with Scarpinati because she had worked with her 40 years ago.
“I said oh my God, that’s Sue Berger,” says Leary. “Connecting the dots was easy and I was happy to do it.”
The two women in the photo were reunited once more at the Albany Medical Center September 28, 2015.
Scarpinati expresses her joy,
“I couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe it…The emotion I felt I wasn’t prepared for when I saw her. It was almost like hugging a mom.”
Sue Berger was marveled on the amount of impact she had on the once baby girl.
“What a beautiful story…What a beautiful woman she is.”
Scarpinati says that God has finally answered her prayers and gave her a new mission in her life.
She writes in a Facebook post that,
“Its to give inspiration, hope, appreciation to all those who touch people’s lives…Most of all, it’s for me to feel liberated, unchained, and no longer ashamed.”