When five-year-old Slade Thompson woke up from surgery to remove her tonsils, she was in pain and crying.
The little boy, from Renovo, Pennsylvania, wanted to see his mother, but she wasn't allowed to be in the room again until her fitals were checked.
So Slade asked one of his nurses, Annie Hager, who would snuggle with him. He immediately said, and he went into the bed with him, giving him a little memory.
The sweet moment was captured on camera and has been more than thousands of times across social media.
Slade Thompson, five, from Renovo, Pennsylvania, woke up for his mother after tonsil surgery last month. He asked one of his nurses, Annie Hager, 35, who would snuggle with him. In the picture, to the left and right: Slade with Hager
Sailing Slade (pictured) for five to 10 minutes until he fell asleep, when Slade's mother was allowed to enter the room
Slade and her mother Layla Thompson are not strangers to hospitals, but they can still be scary places for five-year-olds.
Thompson told DailyMail.com that her son had been visiting several hospitals and doctors for two years because of an unrelated medical condition.
As a toddler, Slade began walking on his feet rather than putting his entire foot down on the ground.
The ballerina-dough was full blown, and it was a full blow. Thompson said. It came to the point that he couldn't put his heel on the floor.
Doctors found that he had a very tight Achilles tendon, so in January 2019, the Philadelphia Children's Hospital surgeons extended the tendons in both legs.
Slade was in a wheelchair for two months and had to learn to walk a heel shoe, a heel, and a shoe. according to Thompson.
Then, on April 18, Slade was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Susquehanna for tonsillectomy, a procedure to remove the tonsils, for respiratory problems.
The tonsils are two little glands that have been located at the back of the neck that help prevent viruses and bacteria from entering the nose and the throat.
Currently, around 20 per cent of movements are for infection and 80 per cent for obstructive sleep problems, according to the American Otolaryngology Academy – Head and Neck Surgery.
A complete recovery usually takes between 10 days and two weeks.
Thompson and his fancy were in the waiting room when Slade started but, before they could go to see her, nurses had to check her fitals.
In general, children are scared when they wake up from surgery, they are in pain, and Slade wanted to see his mother; Hager, the nurse, told DailyMail.com.
"I told him:" It's fine. Mom will be here soon. " He said: "I really want to snuggle. Will you snuggle with me?" and I said: "Of course I'll be". # 39;
The picture was shared on Facebook where it has more than 5,100 favorite and more than 630 shares. Photo: Keep in wheelchair after surgery in January 2019
In a follow-up appointment a few days later, Slade brought flowers to Hager. She and Slade's mother have become friends and plan to bring their children together over the summer. In the picture: Slade brings flowers to Hager, on the left, and in the stimulus, to the right
So Hager climbed into the bed with Slade and caught it for about five to 10 minutes, and during that time fell asleep, which was when Thompson went around the corner.
I knew immediately that she had to be mom, Thompson said, and in fact Hager has two children of his own.
I turned the corner and he was asleep. And I said: "Can I take your picture?" Slade must have heard my voice because that's when she woke up. # 39;
The picture, along with another from Slade and Hager, has been shared on Facebook where it has more than 5,100 favorite and more than 630 shares.
'None of us expected us to have this response; said Hager. It's only encouraging to be there for the children. Kindness is free, so why not put it out? # 39;
In a follow-up appointment a few days later, Slade and his mother came with flowers – the boy chose himself – for his Miss Annie.
He gave me a big hug and I started crying; said Hager.
Hager and Thompson have developed friendship and planning on getting their children together over the summer.
'Nurses, they're paid to look after you, not to look after you, and don't care about you; Thompson said.
# 39;[Hager]pay it to take its vitamins, not hold it. It could have just said: "No, mom is coming." But it wasn't. She was comforting her. # 39;