Friday, July 18, 2014

Picture Of An Infant Who Died Sick Photoshopped To Help The Grieving Family

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Nathen Steffel posted a photo of his infant daughter, Sophia, on the Reddit with one request: 

"My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?"

He explained that Sophia passed away in Cincinnati's Children's Hospital after suffering a hepatic hemangioma in her liver at just 6 weeks old.

What happened next stands as a testament that there really is good in this world. Users posted their photoshopped, painted or drawn portraits to the thread for the father to have.

Steffel loved all of the photos, but gained more than just images from the experience. He told The Huffington Post;

"I was emotionally taken back by all the support and personal messages from families who shared a similar experience of grief," 

Seeing his daughter without all of the equipment meant a great deal to him. "Although we cherish her real photos because that's how she was," he said.

Those gifts go a long way, especially for Steffel. He posted his gratitude on the Reddit thread:

This is really amazing. Everyone you have made my day. All I wanted was a nice picture. What I received was a lot of love and support from a bunch of strangers. A long with a lot of great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks everyone!

He and his wife plan to hang up a few of their favorites.

Via HuffPo

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