Nurse comforts 5-year-old after he wakes up from surgery: 'Making sure our patients are calm and comfortable matters'

Nurse Annie Hager comforts five-year-old Slade Thompson after he wakes up from surgery. (Photo: Facebook)

Every nurse, and everyone who loves a nurse, knows that the profession isn't an easy one. Nurses handle things that would make any layman squirm. They deal with difficult families and difficult deaths, and on top of all their duties of evaluating, assisting, and endless monitoring — they're expected to have a great bedside manner.

Recently, a nurse at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport, Penn., exemplified in one photo shared on the hospital's Facebook page how people in the profession go above and beyond.

After five-year-old Slade Thompson woke up following tonsil surgery, he desperately he wanted to be held and comforted. According to WNEP-TV, his family was unable to enter the young boy's room as his vitals still needed to be checked by hospital staff.

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

Thankfully, nurse Annie Hager was there. She climbed right into Slade's bed when he asked to be cuddled and held him.

"You want someone to treat your child the way you would treat them, you know, so when 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," Thompson said. The mom snapped the photo when she saw the nurse with Slade.

"As a nurse, providing care is one thing, but making sure our patients are calm and comfortable matters just as much,” read a Facebook post on UPMC Susquehanna’s page, which was shared during National Nurses Week. “It's nurses like Annie — who show true compassion — that keep our patients happy. Annie's connection with Slade was so real that he brought her flowers at his follow up appointment."

Nurse Hager said that any one of her coworkers would have done the same.

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