David Deutchman: Grandpa who cradled premature babies in ICU dies

David Deutchman: Grandpa who cradled premature babies in ICU dies

- For 14 years, David Deutchman dedicated his time to ailing and premature babies

- He visited the hospital every Tuesday and Thursday, headed to the NICU and cradled babies for as long as he could

- All that gave him a sense of nourishment and fulfilment

- It made him feel like he had left a mark in the world

- Sadly, the baby whisperer passed away on November 14, 2020, after battling cancer for 17 days

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Famous baby whisperer David Deutchman is dead.

David Deutchman: Grandpa who cradled premature babies in ICU dies

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta arranged a drive-by in his honour while David was fighting for his life at home. Photo: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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The kind US hero passed away after battling stage IV pancreatic cancer for slightly more than two weeks.

The 86-year-old was diagnosed with the dreaded disease 17 days ago. His family was grateful for the time they got to spend with the grandpa, CNN reported.

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The world fell in love with the ICU grandpa after learning that for 14 years, he visited the NICU to hug premature and ill babies.

The retired salesman loved spending his Tuesdays and Thursdays in hospital, with a baby on his bosom.

He always showed up to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite without fail and headed straight to the NICU where he would pick up sick children and fill them with warmth and love.

According to his daughter Susan Lilly, David’s passion was born during a doctor’s appointment.

He had walked in for physical therapy and as soon as he was done, he stated that he wanted to do something for the kids.

His wish was granted and the baby whisperer started showing up to the health facility to cradle babies who needed some of his affection.

Joanna Slade who knew David for nearly a decade said his presence always soothed hospital workers.

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TODAY Parents reported that the late human teddy bear never spoke so highly of his corporate job as he did about his hospital visits.

Susan said he always felt fulfilled whenever he sat quietly with babies fighting for their lives.

“Volunteering absolutely enriched his life,” she opened up.

As earlier shared by Briefly.co.za some people are doctors for the money, but for Tony Adkins it is a calling.

Adkins works at the Children’s Hospital of Orange Country in California, US, and has accurately been dubbed the "dancing doc."

The physician uses dance moves to cheer up sick patients and adorable videos of these sessions have gone viral.

The dancing doc uses the technique to cheer up his young patients and to protect the “magic of childhood” regardless of their illnesses.

“Dancing with patients is important because it adds levity and joy to the hospital experiences,” he said.
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Source: Briefly.co.za

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