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VIRAL: Atlanta Retiree Comforts Hospital’s Preemies When Parents Can’t Be There

During a time when there is a lot of bad news being circulated, the story about the retiree who provides kangaroo care to babies in an Atlanta NICU is heartwarming.

Last Friday, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta posted a photo of David Deutchman holding a sleeping newborn on its Facebook page and within hours, the post went viral and was shown close to 179,000 times

“On Tuesdays, he visits the PICU to hold babies whose parents can’t be with them that day,” the hospital captioned the photo.” On Thursdays, he makes rounds in the NICU.

This photo was taken by baby Logan’s mom as she fought back happy tears. Logan has been in our hospital for six weeks. Every night, his mom goes home to be with his big sister. Every morning, she drives back to Scottish Rite feeling “anxious that he’s been missing his mommy.” On this particular morning, she walked into the PICU to find Logan—a preemie born at just 25 weeks—in the arms of David, who smiled and introduced himself as the ICU Grandpa. This photo captures just one precious moment with a legend of a hospital volunteer who’s been holding patients, and their parents’ hands, for 12 years.”

Who says there’s not enough love in the world? We also loved NOW THIS’ video roundup of this heartwarming story and this very special man:

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