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IN People ON 20 Sep, 2015
In 1975, Gary Bentley, from Killen, AL, had an open heart surgery to fix a hole in his left ventricle. Although the time in his life was very traumatic, he remembered one special woman: nurse Kathy. Kathy had taken a special interest in him, who was dealing with more than just health issues. Gary and his six siblings had been living in foster care, safe and away from their abusive alcoholic father. Read on to see how she affected his life.
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. But it was more than just health issues that he was dealing with: he and his six siblings had been put into foster care, away from their alcoholic, abusive father.
Recently, while going through his old belongings, Gary found a photograph of him 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 could never forget her, although he was only a 10-year-old at that time. He had earlier tried several times to meet up with her, but was never able to. On finding the photograph, he posted it online, and through the help of strangers online, he was finally able to reunite with her.