Woman burned as a baby tracks down nurse who cared for her

Photo from: Amanda Scarpinati's Facebook

A woman who suffered severe burns as an infant is finally getting 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.

Amanda Scarpinati 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," said Scarpinati, 38, of Athens, 25 miles south of Albany. "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.

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