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A man affectionately known as “ICU Grandpa” became internet famous this week after Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta posted a picture of him on its Facebook page Wednesday evening.

This photo was taken by baby Logan’s mom as she fought back happy tears,” the post said. “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.’”

David Deutchman says his male friends ask why he makes the visits.

“They just don’t get it, the kind of reward you can get from holding a baby like this,” he said.

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The hospital said Deutchman began volunteering after he retired from working in international business marketing. He has two daughters and two grandchildren, ages 19 and 21.

“It touched my heart,” Brulotte said of Deutchman’s visit with her son. “I’m so glad that he’s getting the recognition he deserves.”

Becca J. G. Godwin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution |