Reddit readers respond to mourning father’s heartbreaking request

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A father made a heartbreaking request on Reddit after losing his daughter to a liver tumor. (Photo: Nathen Steffel/Reddit)

A father made a heartbreaking request on Reddit after losing his daughter to a liver tumor. (Photo: Nathen Steffel/Reddit)

Following the death of his infant daughter, a mourning Ohio father posted a photograph to Reddit and asked someone to Photoshop the image to remove his daughter’s medical tubes.

Nathen Steffel wrote on Reddit that his daughter, Sophia, was born May 30 and lived for only six weeks.

She died from a hepatic hemangioma, a liver tumor.

“My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital,” Nathen Steffel posted on the Reddit picture section. “Since she was in the hospital her whole life we were never able to get a photo without all her tubes.”

The response the father received was touching.

A retouched photo of Sophia (Photo: funkybrewster/Reddit)

A retouched photo of Sophia (Photo: funkybrewster/Reddit)

People posted altered photographs and drawings as well as heartwarming messages.

One post said, “I couldn’t sleep without at least trying one.”

Another read, “Wow, I’m going to hug my newborn now.”

And others suggested charities to help the grieving family.

After two days, the post had more than 2,700 comments.

“This is really amazing,” Steffel posted in response to the out pour of support. “Everyone you 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.”

5 comments

  • Dale Gross

    Yes, she was a beautiful girl. Such a ridiculously sad story that she died so young, but it is awesome that so many offered so much love and support.

  • meli

    . She was and always will be a very beautiful little angel that now in the hands of the good lord.. god bless<3

  • kris

    She is a beautiful baby girl. She is now in heaven playing with my little boy. She is now completely healed and happily awaiting the day that Mom and Dad will be with her again. May God Bless your family and heal your hearts! You have given me the idea to do this with one of the pictures of my son. He also never came home and this technology was not around then! Thank you for that.

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