Photographs of a male surgeon calming a two-year-old girl has recently emerged on Chinese social media.
The young girl was said to have been sobbing uncontrollably before her heart surgery when the doctor stepped in.
This heart-warming scene was captured on September 18 at a hospital in Zhejiang, eastern China.
According to reports, the girl, named as Xin Er (not her real name), had a pre-existing heart condition.
She was waiting to have surgery at the hospital when she got scared and started crying.
The surgeon, Shi Zhuo, Deputy Director of Cardiac Surgery at the children’s section of Zhejiang University Hospital, scooped her up and started playing her favorite cartoons on his phone.
This soon calmed the girl down.
An anaesthetist took the photograph and later shared it on Chinese social media sites, which spread rapidly.
According to Shi Zhuo, ‘The girl was admitted on the 16th. I went to see her almost every day because children need the familiarization process. It’s part of our job.
‘On that day, she started crying as soon as she got into the operating room.
‘Before this picture was taken, I took her to find her dad several times but she kept crying and saying “I want daddy” so I said let’s watch some cartoon and then find him ok?’
The girl calmed down as the cartoon played and the doctors were able to administer the anesthetics needed to put the girl to sleep.
Afterwards, the operation carried on as normal.
The humble doctor revealed that this type of situations often occurs in the operating theatre and other staff have also comforted children in the past.
He explained: ‘In reality, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a boy or a girl, they all get scared in the operating room.
‘As parents, we understand that the children are scared and can appreciate the worry of the family.
The girl’s father didn’t even realize what had happened until afterwards.
He revealed: ‘When the operation was over, Dr Shi just told me the surgery was extremely successful.
‘I didn’t known until another patient had showed me the heart-warming photos on their phone. I almost cried.
‘As a father, I am very grateful towards Dr Shi for caring for my daughter in this way.’
The girl is said to have recovered well and is now able to walk.
This story first appeared on dailymail.co.uk