Wanda Rodriguez' father Victor Peraza walked out on his family 41 years ago when she was only months old.
Now, as an assistant head nurse at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., Rodriguez found herself unexpectedly reunited with the man when he was brought in to the hospital. Peraza was in the final stages of his fight with cancer.
She quickly made connection when she heard the new patient's name.
"I walked into the room, and he looked at me, and I saw his light eyes, and I kind of knew at that moment," Rodriguez told NBC's "Today Show." "I just wanted to make sure, so I asked him if he had any children, and he said, 'I have a daughter named Gina and a daughter named Wanda.'"
"The minute I heard I just burst into tears and ran out of the room," Rodriguez said.
Now Peraza, who will soon turn 61, has not only been able to reconnect with his daughter, he has also been able to meet his grandchildren. He said it's a miracle that his daughter accepts him.
"What a moment to have met my daughter in this way, but how sad it is that I'm meeting her now that I'm dying," Rodriguez quoted Peraza as saying.
Rodriguez said she is cherishing every moment that she has left with her father.
"He's at peace," Rodriguez told The New York Post. "He's had closure. He said, 'Wanda, I've met you. I'm okay. I'm ready to die.'"