Surgery is horrible for everyone. If you’ve ever spent time in a hospital, as a patient or a visitor, you’ll know the horrible feelings. But you can imagine what it’s like for a child. Even more horrible, even more terrifying, children need help and love to get through it.
Five-year-old Slade Thompson has had two surgeries at UPMC Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Doctors are trying to figure out why he walks everywhere on his toes. After doctors diagnosed him as a severe toe walker, they decided to send him to surgery earlier this year.
For two months, Slade was in a wheelchair. “He’s been through a lot this last year,” said mom Layla.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work. So, Slade was sent for a second surgery.
“We had been in the children’s hospital,” continued his mom. “So we were kind of nervous just going to a hospital to have it done.”
After the surgery was complete, Slade awoke alone. Unfortunately, his mom was not allowed in with him for a length of time after surgery. This made things very hard for him.
Recovering From Surgery
Nurse Annie Hager came in to check his vitals and found him scared and alone.
“Kids don’t typically come out of anaesthesia very happy,” she said. Slade was crying and really wanted to see his mom but was understanding when he was told she couldn’t be there.
“When I told him mom couldn’t be there, he asked if I would snuggle him and I said, ‘sure will,’” Hager explained.
When Slade’s mom and step-dad came in, they were so happy that their son was being cared for so beautifully. They snapped a photo before stepping in to give Slade all their cuddles and love.
“As a nurse, providing care is one thing, but making sure our patients are calm and comfortable matters just as much,” UPMC wrote on social media. “It’s nurses like Annie — who show true compassion — that keep our patients happy.”
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