ICU Grandpa Who Cuddled Sick Babies for 14 Years Has Died Aged

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David Deutcham went viral in 2017 for all the right reasons.

The man dubbed ‘ICU Granda’ spent 14 years as a volunteer cuddling sick babies in the neonatal intensive care units of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Speaking to 11 Alive  in 2017, David said: “Some of my guy friends, they ask me what I do here. And I say, ‘Well, I hold babies. I get puked on, I get peed on’, and they say, ‘Why would you do that?’.

“Some people just don’t understand the kind of reward you would get from holding a baby like this.”

David was unfortunately diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has passed away aged 86.

His daughter said:

“None of us expected to get such a dire diagnosis.

“He made it very clear to all his loved ones and even his friends that he feels grateful to have lived a full and rich life.”

May he rest in peace.

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