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After 40 Years, Man Reunites With Nurse Who Was Kind To Him When No One Else Was

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In 1975, Gary Bentley, from Killen, AL, had open heart surgery to fix a hole in his left ventricle. Although the time in his life was trauma...

In 1975, Gary Bentley, from Killen, AL, had open heart surgery to fix a hole in his left ventricle. Although the time in his life was traumatic for him, he remembers one special woman: nurse Kathy.

Kathy took a special interest in Gary who was dealing with more than health issues. He and his six siblings were in foster care, escaping the tyranny of their abusive, alcoholic father.

“She was so sweet to me at a time in my life when I really needed someone to show me that there were good people out there that cared and wanted to help,” he said.

Nurses are often overshadowed by doctors but they really do have a special touch. Another nurse, Tricia Seaman, adopted the son of her terminally ill patient without hesitation.

Gary never forgot about nurse Kathy and he held onto the single photograph of her for 40 years. But Kathy was eventually transferred from Gary’s floor, and the little boy cried when she went away.

He would try to visit her but the hospital wouldn’t let him. All he had was a photograph. When he and his wife Gwen posted the old photo on Facebook, through the kindness of strangers they were able to reunite him with Kathy!

See the tearjerking reunion below!


Gary Bentley / Facebook
Gary Bentley was born with many ailments, including a horse shoe kidney, a congenital condition where the kidneys fuse together to form a horse shoe. In 1973, Gary had open heart surgery to repair a hole in his heart in his left ventricle.

However, there was another hole in his heart: Gary and his six siblings were dealing with an abusive, alcoholic father. The children were put into foster care.


Gary Bentley / Facebook
In 1975, when the hole in his heart hadn’t healed, Gary had to have heart surgery again.

“If you look closely at that little boy in the picture, you can see the despair in his face,” his wife Gwen said. “That little boy had literally been beaten down by that point in life and he was smart enough to know it.”

While going through some old belongings, the couple discovered the photograph of Gary and the nurse who offered him kindness when he needed it most.

“It’s amazing that that picture has survived because it went through three foster homes and a house fire,” Gary said.


Gary Bentley / Facebook
Gary never forget nurse Kathy, although he was just 10 years old at the time.

“For some reason, she was really sweet to me, and I looked forward to her coming in every day,” he said. “She took special interest in me for some reason. When they moved me off her floor, man, I cried.”

Gary tried to sneak to her floor to see her, but the hospital wouldn’t allow it.

“I would just like to tell her thank you,” Gary says. “Your act of kindness many years ago — it was appreciated. I haven’t forgot it, and I never will forget.”

Gary posted the photo of nurse Kathy and him on Facebook and through the power of social media he was able to track her down!

Watch the emotional moment they meet below!



Please SHARE if you’re glad that there are still nurses out there who go above and beyond to change people’s lives — especially little children like Gary Bentley, who didn’t have anyone else.

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