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ICU Grandpa Finds Happiness Cradling Babies When Parents Leave

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This senior citizen is simply inspirational. David Deutchman, a retiree in his senior years, is locally known as the ICU Grandpa because of his initiative to provide comfort to babies in the intensive care unit when their parents have to leave.

In a news featured by Inside Edition, Deutchman is seen cradling a baby, rocking it gently, and singing “You Are My Sunshine.” Thanks to ICU Grandpa, the baby seems to be sleeping peacefully in the Atlanta Hospital neonatal intensive care even though his parents are not there.

A devoted grandfather himself, Deutchman has two grandchildren aged 19 and 21 from his two daughters who are now in their 50s. Yet, he still finds time to go to the local hospital to be a surrogate grandpa twice a week, providing extra attention to ICU babies whose parents need to attend to something else.

In an interview for Inside Edition, Deutchman said: “Some of my guy friends ask me what I do there and I tell them: ‘Well, I hold babies. I get puked on, I get peed on, and it’s great.  They just don’t get it, the kind of reward you get from a holding a baby like this. I love it.”

NICU nurse Elizabeth Mittiga is all praises about Deutchman’s efforts. She told reporters: “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 part of our unit and to be the baby buddy.” She then added that the human touch the ICU babies receive from Deutchman helps them grow and recover easily: “It definitely helps just feeling that comfort that warmth. It helps them grow faster and put more weight on. Feeding-wise, [it] can help them digest their feeds better.”

In an interview, the ICU Grandpa said: “A lot of the parents have other children at home or they live farther away and it’s tough for them to get in here, so they particularly appreciate if someone can hold their baby and give them a little loving. That’s where I come in.”

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