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Man Reunited With NICU Nurse Who Cared For Him 30 Years Ago As A Preemie After He Realizes She's Caring For His Preemie Son

The Feels

Having a new baby brings all kinds of joy to a family.

But when the baby is born early, it can be hard to keep that joy bright and alive in the midst of frustration and worry for the baby's well-being.


So when a special moment of connection happens in the NICU, it's important to savor it.

For David Caldwell and Renata Freydin, who are engaged, they're currently in the waiting game of taking their three-week-old son, Zayne, home after he was born ten weeks ahead of schedule.

One night when the couple returned home from visiting Zayne in the NICU, Caldwell began digging through old photo albums in search of photos of him in the hospital at the time of his birth. He wanted to compare and see how striking their resemblance was.

Caldwell had also been a preemie baby. Even more interestingly, Caldwell had also been cared for in the same NICU, in the same hospital where Zayne was staying, at The Children's Hospital at St. Peter's University Hospital.

While looking through the photos, however, the couple soon came across a familiar face.

Caldwell had a photo of the primary NICU nurse who had taken care of him during his stay, holding him in a cuddly embrace and smiling into the camera. He recalled that his mother had been so happy with Caldwell's care, she had made sure to get a picture of his primary nurse.

Freydin was insistent that the nurse in the picture was the same nurse she had been meeting at the NICU, and the same nurse who was now offering primary care to their son, Zayne.

Caldwell didn't believe Freydin at first and couldn't imagine the world being that small.

But when they appeared at the NICU to visit their son, with the photo in hand, several nurses were quickly able to confirm the nurse in the picture was the very same nurse who had remained on staff for the past 30 years, Lissa McGowan.

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When McGowan returned to work several days later, Caldwell and Freydin were quick to meet with her and show her the picture of her and Caldwell together from three decades before.

McGowan and the couple were so excited, they were quick to recreate the original photo with photos including Zayne and an all-grown-up Caldwell.

Freydin shared these on Facebook, where the post quickly went viral, with more than 4,000 comments and 27,000 shares.

Many celebrated how beautiful they thought the connection was between the father and son's birth stories.

Renata Freydin / Facebook


Renata Freydin / Facebook


Renata Freydin / Facebook


Renata Freydin / Facebook


Renata Freydin / Facebook


Renata Freydin / Facebook


Renata Freydin / Facebook

Freydin confided discovering the connection between her healthy husband's birth and her son gave her confidence and reassured her everything would be okay.

Freydin wrote:

"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."

The couple has since shared, as well, that Zayne is doing well, measuring at over four pounds at the age of three-weeks-old, putting him well on the path to recovery and life-long health.

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