logo
YouTube/ABC News
Source: YouTube/ABC News

'ICU Grandpa' Who Cuddled Countless Sick Babies for Nearly 15 Years, Dies after Cancer Battle

Joe Akins
Nov 18, 2020
06:27 A.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

ICU Grandpa, popular for holding sick children in the hospital for over a decade, recently passed away after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Without a doubt, the legend will be greatly missed by many.

Advertisement

David Deutchman, popularly known as ICU Grandpa, recently passed away from stage IV metastatic pancreatic cancer. Deutchman's family confirmed his death on Saturday, only 17 days after being diagnosed.

Deutchman's death comes only a few days after he was honored with a drive-by outside his home by the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Group of senior friends chatting. | Source: Shutterstock

Group of senior friends chatting. | Source: Shutterstock

Advertisement

The drive-by was led by a NICU transport truck followed by almost 30 cars carrying employees at the hospital and some patients whom Deutchman had helped over the years.

The convoy honked, waved, and sent their good wishes to Deutchman's family, who were gathered in the driveway. To top off the convoy, one of the hospital's helicopter also circled over Deutchman's home during the emotional tribute.

Husband and wife consulting doctor in hospital. | Source: Shutterstock

Husband and wife consulting doctor in hospital. | Source: Shutterstock

Advertisement

Deutchman was shot into the spotlight in 2017 when it was reported that he had spent about 12 years cuddling and soothing sick babies at the hospital.

Last year, Deutchman published a book titled "My New Purpose: A Retiree's Discovery in a Children's Hospital ICU."

Advertisement

He started volunteering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals after retiring from a career in international business marketing in 2005.

Speaking at the time, Deutchman explained that many people did not understand why he volunteered at the hospital. He, however, noted that he enjoyed providing relief to the sick babies and their parents.

A picture of 'ICU Grandpa' volunteering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta | Photo/: YouTubeABCNews

A picture of 'ICU Grandpa' volunteering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta | Photo/: YouTubeABCNews

Advertisement

Deutchman also described his volunteering work as a wonderful experience, adding that it gave his life more meaning. Last year, Deutchman published a book titled "My New Purpose: A Retiree's Discovery in a Children's Hospital ICU."

In the book, he detailed his experiences working as a volunteer and the challenges he had faced over the years. Deutchman's commitment to helping these tiny babies was perhaps an inspiration to sixteen-year-old Tavinya Taylor, who found a way to impact sick babies at the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

A picture of 'ICU Grandpa' cuddling a baby at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta | Photo: YouTube/ABCNews

A picture of 'ICU Grandpa' cuddling a baby at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta | Photo: YouTube/ABCNews

Advertisement

In July, Taylor made headlines when it was reported that she had been crocheting gift baskets for the families of babies at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU.)

What was most interesting about Taylor's kind gesture was that she was battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy at the time.

Like Deutchman, Taylor's kindness to the sick children at the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital will never be forgotten. ICU Grandpa might be gone, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of many.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Dad Brings Triplets to Their Comatose Mom for the First Time, Sees Tears Pour Down Her Face

May 05, 2022

20 Years after Newborn Daughter’s Death, Man Hears, ‘Dad, I Finally Found You’ – Story of the Day

March 05, 2022

5-Year-Old Brother Carries His Little Sister's Coffin to Say Goodbye to Her Forever

April 17, 2022

’Y&R’s Christian Leblanc Still Does Not Hold Husband’s Hand After 29 Years in Public – He Hid Sexuality for Decades

March 12, 2022