When 5-year-old Slade Thompson was in surgery for his tonsils,  he was lucky enough to have Annie Hager as his nurse in recovery. And she went above and beyond for her patient.

Slade’s mother, Layla Thompson, told WNEP it was his second surgery this year and her son had already been through a lot when the nurse’s small act of kindness helped the young patient.

The family shared a photo from the heartwarming experience at UPMC Susquehanna Health on May 7.

In a Facebook post, UPMC said it’s nurses like Annie who take the time to make a personal connection with clients, and it makes all the difference.

When Slade Thompson of Renovo woke up from tonsil surgery, all he wanted was to be snuggled and cared for. Not thinking…

Posted by UPMC Susquehanna on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The hospital wrote:

When Slade Thompson of Renovo woke up from tonsil surgery, all he wanted was to be snuggled and cared for. Not thinking twice, Annie Hager, RN, climbed right into the bed and snuggled the little boy.

Slade had already been in the children’s hospital before and was feeling nervous about his most recent stay.

So when his mother couldn’t be there when he woke up from his surgery, Annie stepped in to cuddle with the little boy while his mom was in the waiting room. She told WNEP:

“When I told him Mom couldn’t be there, he asked if I would snuggle him and I said, ‘sure will.'”

The hospital continued:

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.

Slade’s mom Layla said, as parents, you want someone to treat your child “the way you would treat them,” so the entire family got a little teary-eyed by the special moment.

Watch the video below:

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