After 5-year-old Slade Thompson woke up from tonsil surgery, he understandably wanted his mom. But because doctors still needed to check his vitals, unfortunately his mother was unable to give him the hug he desperately wanted. Thankfully, a nurse named Annie Hager stepped in to save the day, and the sweet moment was captured on camera.
"When Slade Thompson of Renovo, PA, woke up from tonsil surgery, all he wanted was to be snuggled and cared for," read a Facebook post shared by UPMC Susquehanna. "Not thinking twice, Annie Hager climbed right into the bed and snuggled the little boy. As a nurse, providing care is one thing, but making sure our patients are calm and comfortable matters just as much. It's nurses like Annie — who show true compassion — that keep our patients happy. During Nurses Week, we thank our nurses for taking time to make personal connections with patients. Annie's connection with Slade was so real that he brought her flowers at his follow up appointment."
Annie told the local TV station that giving Slade a hug was a no-brainer. "When I told him mom couldn't be there, he asked if I would snuggle him," she said. It just goes to show how amazing nurses are!