You may not expect fame to find you in your sunset years. But it did find Atlanta retiree David Deutchman, who has wowed us all with his work as the “ICU Grandpa”. David didn’t go out of his way or perform an impossible feat; all he did was bring some love into the lives of anxious families. But he’s been doing it for 12 years straight, and the results will warm you to the core! Read on to meet this ICU Grandpa and revive your faith in the power of little gestures.
David Deutchman had been looking for a way to volunteer at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital for quite some time. One fateful day, he came across a worried new mother whose child was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. When she turned to him for comfort, Deutchman realized that he had found his calling. He decided that day that he was going to devote his time to helping parents whose newborns were in pediatric and neonatal ICUs.
Fast forward to 2017, and Deutchman’s story is going viral thanks to a post shared by the hospital. The beloved grandpa was discovered by a new mom who had just arrived at the ICU to check on her newborn. The woman’s son, Logan, was born at just 25 weeks and needed to be kept under the watchful eye of the hospital staff because he was so fragile. She herself was having trouble sleeping and had to keep going home to check on Logan’s sister. According to the hospital, the sight of Deutchman comforting her baby boy moved the woman so much that she quickly snapped a photo while crying happy tears.
Deutchman’s actions have touched the hearts of many new parents, but it also has a life-changing effect on the newborns. According to NICU nurse Elizabeth Mittiga, “He’s just a special person to us as nurses and our babies just adore him so we are so grateful for him to be a part of our unit and to be a baby buddy.”
Cuddling babies may sound like a great thing to do, but it isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Deutchman has said that he would often get puked on and peed on by the newborns. But of course, he continues to do his job because he finds it very rewarding.
Well, we think this ICU Grandpa is a special gift to this world. Treat yourself to a smile by watching him at work in the heartwarming video below! Like this inspiring story? Don’t forget to share it with your friends and family.