Cardiac surgeon comforts crying 2-year-old patient in the cutest way

As adults, we know how scary surgery can be. It's hard to imagine how frightening it must be for a child.

So when a cardiac surgeon in China saw a 2-year-old patient crying before surgery, he went out of his way to comfort the young girl. Now, the heartwarming photos are going viral.

According to Chinese website, when Dr. Shi Zhuo saw the young patient crying before surgery, he pulled the girl into his lap. Zhuo is the deputy director of cardiac surgery at the Children's Hospital of Zhejiang. Being a father to a 6-year-old daughter as well, Zhuo pulled out his phone and began playing cartoons in order to soothe the little girl.

The photos, shot by anesthesiologist Jin Ziying, show the little girl beginning to relax in the arms of the cardiac surgeon. Once the girl calmed down, Dr. Shi took her to the operating table where she underwent cardiac surgery.

When asked if he does this before all surgeries, the doctor responded honestly -- yes, so long as they have time to do so.

%shareLinks-quote="In the operating room, in addition to infants, doctors use language, eyes and embrace to comfort children. Almost everyone in [operating room] does it. It's pretty common." type="quote" author="Shi Zhuo" authordesc="Deputy Director of Cardiac Surgery, Children's Hospital of Zhejiang" isquoteoftheday="false"%

What Shi didn't expect was for the comforting moment he shared with the little girl to viral. Within just a few hours, the photos had spread across the hospital and soon, the Internet. The photo picked up traffic after being posted to Reddit.

Here's hoping the girl has a speedy recovery.

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