Amanda Scarpinati, who suffered severe burns as an infant finally got a
chance to thank the hospital nurse who cared for her, thanks to a social
media posting that revealed the identity of the nurse in 38-year-old
photos.38-year-old Scarpinati from Athens, says she has always treasured photos
of her as a baby in a young nurse’s arms. The pictures were published
in Albany Medical Center’s 1977 annual report without names.The black-and-white photos shot by photographer Carl
Howard have a beatific, “Madonna and Child” quality.
“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.”
She tried to find out the nurse’s name 20 years ago without success.
When she posted the photos on Facebook this month at the urging of a
friend, she doubted her plea to help put a name to the nurse’s face
would be successful.
Within 12 hours, it had gone viral with 5,000 shares across the
country,” said Scarpinati, who works as a human resources manager.
“It was on the local TV news the next morning. I was blown away.”
Angela Leary, a former nurse at Albany Medical Center, sent Scarpinati a
message saying the nurse in the photo is Susan Berger, who had moved to
the Syracuse area years ago.
“She was as sweet and caring as she looks in this picture,” Leary