mariah carey baby nick cannon*After falling suddenly ill over kidney complications, Nick Cannon is especially thankful  to his wife Mariah Carey, who stayed by his side night and day.

The actor and comedian was hospitalized recently for what’s been described as “mild  kidney failure.”

At the 2012 BET Honors over the weekend, he couldn’t hold back gratitude for his wife’s support.

“When times are hard, you guys don’t see her at 3 o’clock in the morning, getting up in the middle of the night, fixing me soup when my kidneys ain’t acting right. Mariah Carey does that,” Cannon said onstage.

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The moment was particularly special because he held his 8-month-old son in his hands.

“It is truly, truly a blessing to be here tonight, and I am humbled and in awe of everyone’s presence, but mostly my hero right there,” Cannon continued as he looked as his wife seated in the front row.  “What most people don’t get the opportunity to experience is the true woman; the virtuous person who is my angel.”

Carey then big-upped her man with a few tears in her eyes.

“To my incredible husband who [has been] out of the hospital two days — look at him all strong and healthy and big and too buff for the tux — it’s incredible,” she beamed.

Very sweet.