For the past 12 years, David Deutchman has spent two days every week melting hearts in the NICU wing of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as he helped calm and soothe the little babies at the wards. It all began in the early ’00s, when Deutchman, retired from his career as a marketing executive. He approached the staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and asked about volunteer opportunities.
He started off by teaching classes at the hospital’s school for long-term patients, but a short while later, he found his true calling: supporting the families of babies forced to spend time in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.
On a typical volunteer day, 82 year old Deutchman, will cuddle and comfort babies and help their parents. His dedication to his “job” and love for the patients have even earned him the nickname of “ICU Grandpa” and, in some cases, “Baby Whisperer.”
“My guy friends ask me what I do here. And I tell them I hold babies. Sometimes I get puked on, I get peed on. It’s great … They just don’t get it, the kind of reward you can get from holding a baby like this.” Deutchman said in a recent interview with the hospital.