For 12 years, men have gone twice a week to perform an act worthy of admiration, but the world has only just discovered it.
In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the importance of skin-to-skin contact for newborn babies, especially premature babies. Touch intensifies vital signs and accelerates growth in babies. In an Atlanta Hospital, a grandfather has taken this very seriously and his story went viral.
The photo of David Deutchman holding a baby in his arms could be that of any grandfather cradling his grandson. However, according to Mirror, for 12 years David has been cradling the “grandchildren of the heart.” The Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, USA, welcomes this gracious volunteer twice a week whose work consists of nothing more nor less than cradling, singing, holding and fondling babies in intensive care.
The story is beyond moving and captured the attention of netizens in recent days, when the Hospital itself published on its Facebook profile a photo of the grandfather sitting in one of the Neonatal Intensive Care chairs, holding a premature baby in his arms. connected to some cables.
The grandfather of Intensive Care
The Hospital explained in the post “They call him grandfather ICU” (intensive care, in English) whose visit takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the aim of holding babies who spend many hours without physical contact from their parents or anyone.
David does not do it only for the parents, who go home with the anguish of leaving their child in the hospital, but also for the pleasure of caring for those little angels who need love and physical contact to grow up healthily .
A photo that says it all
The photo published by the Hospital went viral after the mother of the baby David was holding found the grandfather sitting on the couch cradling the baby, named Logan. The woman, looking for her son, who is only 25 weeks old, found him in her grandfather’s arms and asked him “who are you?” David introduced himself with a sincere smile as “the grandfather of ICU.” The woman, with tears in her eyes, could not contain the emotion at witnessing such an act of selfless kindness.
According to CNN, little baby Logan has been in the hospital for six weeks. Her mother goes to see her every day, but every night she has to come home to take care of Logan’s older sister. On the trip back to the hospital, her mother admits to feeling anxious about leaving her. However, now you know that your baby will have extra affection.
The photograph, taken by the mother and published by the Hospital, was shared more than 65 thousand times, and had almost 10 thousand comments and more than 240 thousand reactions. No one can resist the force of love.
Time to grow
The work of this grandfather comforts the hearts of those parents who, because they live far from the hospital, or have to go to take care of other children, cannot stay all day in intensive care with premature babies. And since there is not always time for the nursing staff to give time to those babies who need affection and physical contact, David does his thing in the best way: he sings lullabies, holds them in his arms, and tries to make the little ones feel the human warmth that until a short time ago you felt inside your mother’s belly.
Next to a busy road, in a baby carrier, he was alone, with an envelope that his mother had left him before abandoning him
A special reward
“Sometimes they throw me up, or pee on me, it’s great,” says David according to a video posted by Now This. Friends of this peculiar grandfather ask him why he does it. “They just don’t get it, the kind of reward you can get from holding a baby like that,” he says with a smile on his face.
Without a doubt, the reward is unique and special. In some part of the memory of these little babies the moments in which their grandfather sang in their ears and gave them warmth will be etched. Such a love cannot be forgotten.
Benefit of physical contact in premature babies
Physical contact for the baby’s growth is extremely important. Emotional, physical and cognitive development are consequences of early contact, and those caressed and pampered babies have a better chance of being social and loving beings in the future, according to Dr. Lin Day, from the baby Sensory site
In addition, those babies who are touched and caressed gain weight faster and develop stronger and more resistant immune systems.
Love never hurts. And physical contact is part of it. Holding our baby will not make her more “dependent.” Don’t be afraid to give “too much” love, because it is never “too much.” Love creates self-confident and grateful beings with others. If you found this story beautiful, share it, so that there are more grandparents and people willing to dispense these acts of love.