During his 15 years of retirement, a man in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, held babies who were born too soon and helped parents who were having trouble.

After David Deutchman quit his job in sales in 2005, he found a strange way to spend his time. He spent the next 15 years holding premature babies and making their parents feel better. Because of this, people started calling him “The Baby Whisperer” and “ICU Grandpa.”

After he retired, he decided to volunteer at a hospital. After meeting the mothers of two patients, he knew he wanted to work with the hospital’s youngest patients.

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Then he heard about the “baby buddy” program at Scottish Rite Hospital. This program asks volunteers to go to the PICU and NICU wards and comfort small babies who were born early or who have other special medical needs.

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David Deutchman was given a baby to hold when he first started working at the hospital. The person who works with kids came by and asked, “Hey, do you hold babies?”

“I’ve got a job for you. I enjoyed it.”

He spent every Tuesday in the PICU and every Thursday in the NICU, holding tiny babies and comforting them when their parents couldn’t.

David said, “I was holding little babies before you knew it.” “And the years have gone by so quickly.”

He was especially good at calming down babies who were upset. Angie Hawthorne, a clinical nurse expert, said, “When he holds a baby, you can see the baby relax because he is so calm.”

“It’s just as important to hold a mom’s hand as it is a baby’s.”

David was there for more than just the babies.

“I talk to moms and sometimes hold their hands because holding a mom’s hand is just as important as holding a baby.”

He said that parents are under a lot of stress. When someone tells them they can go get breakfast and promises to watch their baby, it means a lot to them. “It’s important.”

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By the end of 2017, Deutchman had helped 1,200 babies and their parents feel better.

David Deutchman, who was 86 years old, died on November 14, 2020, after a 17-day battle with pancreatic cancer that had spread to other parts of his body.

His daughter, Susan Lilly, told CNN, “We are grateful for every moment we had with this great husband, father, and grandfather.”

Catherine Robinson, a spokesperson for Right to Life UK, said that David’s simple but important service meant a lot to these babies and their families, and he showed that there are different ways to be pro-life. David’s kindness will hopefully make other people want to help premature babies and their mothers in hard times.

 

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