Nurse comforts 5-year-old boy after surgery in heartwarming photo

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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.

Slade Thompson waited patiently for his new friend, nurse Annie Hager. Slade had his tonsils removed at UPMC Susquehanna Health in Williamsport last month, WNEP reports. It was his second surgery this year.

"He's been through a lot this last year," said Slade's mother, Layla Thompson. "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 was in the waiting room.

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

But before mom could go back to see Slade, a team of nurses had to check Slade's vitals.

"When I told him Mom couldn't be there, he asked if I would snuggle him and I said, 'sure will," said nurse Annie Hager. 

The moment was captured on camera, and that photo has been shared hundreds of times.

"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 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."