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Preemie Amanda King, Nurse Chris Wallin reunite after 28 years

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Amanda King wasn't supposed to live. 

She was a preemie, born three months early, weighing two pounds, one ounce.

No one thought she would make it. She was baptized, and given her last rights.

Her parents asked nurse Chris Wallin to be Amanda's Godmother.

"I remember mostly her dad and him being at the bedside worried. She was very sick and I thought we were going to lose her," Chris Wallin said. 

But the nurses at Georgetown University Hospital gave her around the clock care for three months.

Twenty-eight years later, after open heart surgery, a second baptism, high school and college, and wondering about the godmother nurse who saved her, Amanda found a clue.

She was going through old photos when she came across a Polaroid picture with a name: Chris Wallin.

"It was a shot in the dark," Amanda said.

Amanda took to Facebook and friends and strangers helped her out.

They connected her to Chris' business, Kid Koncepts

On Saturday, the two decided to meet, where it all began, at the hospital where Amanda was born.

They went through pictures and caught up on time lost.

King could fit in the palm of Wallin's hand at one point. 

King held up a dress that could fit a doll, but it's what baby Amanda wore when she turned a month old.

Georgetown University Hospital held a reunion Saturday where nearly 1000 babies graduated from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through the years. 

They got to meet the doctors and nurses who cared for them. Doctors say babies born  the size of Amanda in 1985 had a survival rate of only 15%. Now it is 85%.

Georgetown's Chief of the NICU Dr. Siva Subramanian, MD says "it's absolutely thrilling, unbelievable."

He says statistically, Amanda wasn't suppose to make it.

"There are a lot of babies who have done well and some not so well, she's suppose to be here if she's here," Wallin said. 

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