'ICU Grandpa' brings happy tears to CHOA patients

'ICU Grandpa' brings happy tears to CHOA patients


ATLANTA — They call him the ICU Grandpa.

On Tuesdays, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says David visits the PICU to hold babies whose parents can't be with them that day. On Thursdays, he makes rounds in the NICU.

A photograph shared by the hospital was taken by mother MaryBeth Brulotte, as she fought back happy tears. Her son, Logan, has been in the hospital for six weeks.

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"We live 2 hours away and it has been hard going back and forth," Brulotte told Channel 2's Kimberly Richardson.


Brulotte told Richardson this particular day was really hard getting to the hospital, and as soon as she did, David introduced himself as the ICU Grandpa.

"It was such a relief," Brulotte said. "He had such a kind spirit."

The mother says she asked for a quick picture, and as soon as he left she cried like a baby.

"It touched my heart," Brulotte said. "I'm so glad that he's getting the recognition he deserves."