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Grieving Father Asks Strangers to Help Him See What His Daughter Would Have Looked Like Outside of a Hospital

Nathan Steffel received an outpouring of support after posing a question on the internet: Could they help him see what his daughter would have looked like out of the hospital?

Nathan Steffel asked if strangers could help him see what his daughter would like out of the hospital. The results were amazing.
Nathan Steffel asked if strangers could help him see what his daughter would like out of the hospital. The results were amazing.
By Brian Slupski

A grieving father from Ohio asked strangers if they could help him see what his daughter would have looked like had she not spent her entire life in the hospital.

Posted on Reddit, Nathan Steffel wrote, "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 abel to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?"

"I just wanted to reach out to get at least one quality picture. I was amazed how many people responded. We have many nice pictures now," Steffel told Buzzfeed.

Steffel wrote on Reddit that his daughter had a hepatic hemangioma in her liver and was on a waiting list for a transplant. She was six weeks old when she died.

The original photo of Steffel's daughter, Sophia is attached to this post along with a fantastic photoshop by Redditor funkybrewster.

"This is really amazing," Steffel wrote on Reddit. "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 great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks Everyone!"


Always Right July 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM
God bless all those that helped this man with his grief. God bless the little angel as well.
Pamela Kay Cannon July 17, 2014 at 04:17 PM
We lost a Granddaughter last year after living only 10 days. She is an angle that continues to bless our lives with her sweet spirit. When we knew she could not make it, we asked at the very end that all tubes and IV's be removed. We have dome beautiful pictures if her. So, happy that many responded to your plea.
Stephanie Paulmeno, MS, RN, NHA July 18, 2014 at 06:31 AM
What a heartwarming story about so many people coming through for another person, and in such a wonderful and unique manner. That has made my day. I'd love to see the other photos, drawings and paintings. What a beautiful baby! I am so sorry for your terrible loss and hope these mementos continue to bring you some measure of comfort as the years go by.

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