Nurses are often thanked for going above and beyond the call of duty, and one nurse in China is currently receiving praise from across the world for the 110% she gave to one lucky patient.
When one month old baby started crying during surgery, Nurse Li Baoxia went above and beyond the call of duty to help soothe the newborn.
The one month old baby girl was having surgery for an anal abscess in Guangdong, China, when she started to cry. Luckily, there was a quick thinking nurse and mother present who knew exactly what to do to help soothe Wei Wei.
What the Nurse did when the baby started crying during surgery?
Nurse Li Baoxia decided to step in and breastfeed the baby to help soothe her. Baby Wei Wei immediately calmed down and surgery was able to continue. The caring nurse breastfed and held the baby for the rest of the operation.
Due to the baby’s age, only local anaesthetic was administered during the operation. This meant baby Wei Wei was still able to move during the operation, so it was important doctors were able to keep her still to finish the surgery.
Nurse Li Baoxia had just finished a procedure in a neighbouring operating theatre when a colleague informed her of the predicament. The heroic nurse immediately offered to breastfeed and hold the baby to try and soothe her, so the doctors would be able to finish the surgery.
“You’re An Angel Nurse”
Photos of the heartwarming scene were shared online, and parents around the world have expressed positivity towards Nurse Li Baoxia. After the surgery, Wei Wei’s father expressed his gratitude to the surgical team and told Nurse Li Baoxia, “You’re an angel nurse.”
BellyBelly’s resident breastfeeding expert and lactation consultant, Renee Kam, said: “Breastfeeding is not just about nutrition. It is also nurturing. Many mothers breastfeed their baby during painful procedures (e.g. heel prick test or immunisation) and have found it helpful to calm their baby. In fact, research shows that breastfeeding helps to alleviate pain during painful procedures.”
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