Nurse comforts 5-year-old waking up from surgery in touching photo

Posted at 4:23 PM, May 17, 2019

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - When a 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy woke up from his tonsil surgery, all he wanted was to be snuggled and cared for. That's when a nurse jumped in to help.

That unexpected gesture was caught on camera and has been shared hundreds of times.

Slade Thompson, of Clinton County, waited patiently for his new friend, nurse Annie Hager. Thompson came to UPMC last month to get his tonsils out. It was his second surgery this year.

"He's been through a lot this last year," Slade's mother, Layla Thompson, told WNEP. "We had been in the children's hospital, so we were kind of nervous just going to a hospital to have it done."

The day of surgery came and went well. Slade's mom Layla was in the waiting room.

"They came out and said, 'He's awake,' and we thought, 'Oh, my goodness,'" Layla said.

Before mom could go back to see Slade, a team of nurses had to check her son's vitals.

"When I told him mom couldn't be there, he asked if I would snuggle him and I said, 'sure will,'" said Annie Hager, a registered nurse at UPMC Susquehanna Health in Williamsport.

That single act of kindness made Layla's concerns for her son disappear.

"You want someone to treat your child the way you would treat them, you know, so whenever I turned the corner and saw them, I looked at my fiance and we both went, 'Aww!' We both started getting a little teary-eyed," she recalled.

She snapped a photo that's been shared hundreds of times on social media.

"Anyone that works up there would have done the same thing," Hager said.

When Slade and his mom came back for another appointment they brought a gift -- flowers and a hug for their new friend.

"I cried, yeah," Hager said. "It's humbling."