Dad's plea to memorialize baby girl leaves lasting impression
This is one of the many images redditors sent to sooth the pain of the grieving Ohio father. (Source: changingYang/S. Jillian Johnston/Imgur)
Sixteen-year-old Reddit user evrengoldfish made his own edit for the family. (Source: evrengoldfish/Imgur/Reddit)
(RNN) – A grieving father’s request on social media made the internet a place to heal as he remembers his infant daughter.
On July 13, Nathen Steffel posted an image of his daughter, Sophia, on Reddit and asked for a request to Photoshop the image.
“My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital,” Steffel wrote. “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?”
Steffel, from Ohio, wrote that Sophia was born on May 30, and was born with hepatic hemangioma, a liver tumor. Sophia died just six weeks later, on July 10, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
"She was on the waiting list for her liver when she passed from complications involving the pressure on her abdomen due to the hemangioma," Steffel wrote.
Sophia spent much of her life at the children’s hospitals in Columbus, OH and Cincinnati. Cincinnati's hospital, Steffel explained to one redditor, has numerous liver surgeons and specialists.
"This is really amazing," Steffel wrote on Reddit. "Everyone [of] 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. Along with a lot of great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks everyone!"
The response Steffel got from redditors was overwhelming and gave he and wife comfort in their time of sadness. Steffel told BuzzFeed he's responded to many of the messages of condolences.
Redditor S. Jillian Johnston saw the request and ?made her own version? for Steffel. She said she was happy to make the father smile in his time of grief.
“I am just happy I was able to help the father, I wish I could do more,” Johnston said. “I've gotten a few other requests from other parents in the same situation that I've agreed to help. It feels good to be able to make even the smallest difference in another's life.”
Check out the rest of the images on the Reddit thread by clicking here.