'Sometimes all you need is a hug': Touching story behind 'amazing' hospital photo

A senior doctor has been praised as “amazing” after a photo of him cuddling a baby in a New Zealand hospital went viral.

Waikato Hospital shared a photo on Facebook of emergency department consultant Dr Muir Wallace cuddling the baby with the caption, “Sometimes all you need is a hug”.

“The little guy was here with his mum and badly needed a snooze,” Mike from the hospital wrote.

 “Sadly, his mum was unwell and needed some tests.”

Dr Muir Wallace of Waikato Hospital was pictured cuddling a baby while running the emergency department. Source: Facebook/ Waikato Hospital

Mike added “several people” tried to calm the baby down.

But Dr Wallace was the only one “able to settle him”.

For about an hour the doctor, also in charge of the emergency department, multi-tasked by cuddling the baby boy along with his normal duties.

“Just an example of the small kindnesses that happen every day that often go unnoticed,” Mike wrote.

The photo has more than 3,300 likes with many praising Dr Wallace.

One woman wrote it’s just another example of Dr Wallace being “amazing”. She claims he helped look after her son after he burnt his face recently.

“Thank you doctor for all the kind work you and your team do,” she wrote.

Another person described the photo as “touching, heart-warming and adorable”.

“We often don’t give enough credit to doctors and nurses for the work they do,” she wrote.