Terminal Cancer Reunites Hospice Nurse With Dad… After 41 Years!!!

- By Bossip Staff Categories: A "Lil Positivity", Babies, Blast From the Past

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This is pretty heartwarming… A Bronx hospice nurse found her long lost father because he became one of her patients!

A remarkable twist of fate reunited a dying cancer patient with the daughter he hadn’t seen in 41 years at the Bronx hospice where she is a nurse.

Victor Peraza arrived at Calvary Hospital 10 days ago, to the only available bed – on nurse Wanda Rodriguez’ unit.

The new patient bore the same name as Rodriguez’ father, who left her family when she was an infant.

“I got nervous, very anxious, and I said, ‘Oh my God that’s my father’s name … what chance is there it’s my dad?'” Rodriguez recounted yesterday.

It turned out that patient and nurse are indeed father and daughter.

“It was a miracle,” Peraza said, as his newfound child patted his arm and stroked his head. “She’s right here beside me.”

He noted theirs is the most bittersweet of reunions.

“When you have on one hand dealing with a terminal affliction and on the other you have happiness, you meet someone you always wanted to meet, it’s a hard pill to swallow,” said Peraza, who lay in his bed, in a beige hospital gown, nodding off from painkillers from time to time.

“I want to jump for joy for her presence, that she accepts me.”

For her whole life, a tearful Rodriguez said, “I always dreamed of saying ‘Daddy’ to someone … I never got to pick out a Father’s Day card.”

Her parents married young, had two daughters, and split up. She never saw Peraza again. Her mother, Esther, raised her and her older sister Gina in the Bronx, working for the Postal Service. Peraza moved to Queens. He worked in banking.

Last Wednesday night, Peraza was transferred from Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens to the hospice.

After she heard his name, Rodriguez entered his room to welcome him to the hospital, and couldn’t stop herself from asking him if he had any children.

“I said, ‘I have Gina and Wanda, they’re grown now,'” Peraza recalled.

“When he said my name I lost it,” said Rodriguez, choking up. Then she told him, “I’m Wanda, I’m your daughter.”

“She looked in my eyes and I said, ‘That’s my daughter Wanda,’ and I think I let some tears out,” said Peraza. “After a couple of hours, a couple of days, it started to sink in, and I got emotional.”

So did Rodriguez.

“He begged me to forgive him,” she said. “He said he wasn’t a good father. I held his hand and embraced him and kissed him, and he started to sing This Magic Moment.

“I forgive him because I’ve wanted to meet him all these years. I don’t know how long he has left.”

Peraza thought he would die alone, but now he has his children and grandchildren with him. Rodriguez’ three kids made him cards crayoned with “I love you.”

He said he is proud Rodriguez became a nurse.

She comes a few hours before her shift starts to take care of him, bringing the rice and beans, fried plantains and chocolate egg creams he loves.

“It’s a miracle, it’s God, it’s fate, it’s hope,” Peraza said as his daughter beamed.

Touching right? Who knows, maybe they’ll get another miracle!





  • Allie

    God is good, that’s just beautiful

  • That'sWhatThatIS

    What a beautiful reunion! I agree.. ONLY GOD!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! :D

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  • imthatbytch

    wat happened to my post?

  • Dot

    SOOOOOO he’s getting “praise” for being a dead beat dad because he is dying? Now she has to be faced with his death?? But we have to “thank” “god” for that? GTFOH.

    • imthatbytch

      thank you keep it real a deadbeat for 41 yrs but daddy goin out the door

  • imthatbytch

    well i see since im not feelin this positivity mess i get censored. gone 41 years please

  • Mabel

    She has a beautiful spirit. He must feel like shyt to see she turned out well without any help from him and would be the one to care for him when he didn’t for her. I can only imagine how useless he feels right now. Yeppers, God is really good. Hope he makes peace with himself and God, at least he has time.

  • FashionYaa

    God Bless All Nurses. Touching true life story.

  • Calvary

    This is a beautiful story. It really shares how they both have matured within themselves. None of you know the reason why he left or why he didn’t keep in touch. They had a strong mother who did what was needed to despite of their father not being with the family. For all the negative comments you all need to look at yourself and ask yourself why you feel so bitter about this situation when the individuals involved have reconciled their many differences they may have had. Unforgiveness is a sin and it will cause sickness, hurt and many other things if not reconciled. Only God can judge us and know that He still loves us despite of our wrong doings. He is the one that gives us Life and Death! So have a heart and know that one day you will be judged by Him for the things you do and say. Always remember you can know where a person’s heart is by the words they speak!

    Be blessed!

  • Girl X

    good for them! I know he was a deadbeat, but atleast he gets a chance to see how she turned out in the end. It’s like ying/yang: good/bad dark/light go hand in hand. It’s sad that it had to be like this for them, but now their circle is complete.

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  • leethea

    A very bittersweet story yes its nice she met her father but he’s on deaths most wanted list so its so late they wont be together long.?

  • don't ask

    Beautiful story. I’m glad that since the father chose not to be a part of her life that God in his providence allowed them to make peace. that’s great.

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