When A Little Boy Woke Up From Surgery, All He Wanted Was To Be Snuggled

May 22, 2019

When a young boy woke up from his tonsil surgery, all he wanted was to be snuggled.

That's when a nurse jumped in to help.

nurse snuggles boy after surgery
Credit: UPMC Susquehanna / Facebook

Slade Thompson, 5, from Clinton County, Pennsylvania, was at UPMC to get his tonsils out. It was his second surgery this year.

He's been through a lot this last year," said Slade's mother, Layla Thompson.

After the surgery, while Layla was in the waiting room, a team of nurses went 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.

When Layla walked in the room and saw them, she snapped a photo that's been shared hundreds of times on social media.

"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 fiancé and we both went, 'Aww!' We both started getting a little teary-eyed," she recalled.

When Slade came back for another appointment, he brought flowers and a hug for his new friend.

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

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