A father devastated by loss turned to social media to help him grieve.
Last week, Nathen Steffel posted a heartbreaking request on Reddit, a social network that allows people to submit and vote on content. He told the site that he recently lost his infant daughter Sophia, who lived just six weeks after battling hepatic hemangioma in her liver. According to the National Institutes of Health, hepatic hemangioma is the most common type of liver tumor not caused by cancer.
“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?” Steffel wrote.
He received an enormous response from users willing to help him with his request, as well as from grieving parents. Some users submitted Photoshopped images, while others submitted pencil sketches and even oil paintings.
A message board conversation reveals Nathen and his wife knew of their daughter’s condition from an early ultrasound but did not know how bad it would get.
“I just wanted to reach out to get at least one quality picture. I was amazed how many people responded. We have so many nice pictures now.” Steffel told BuzzFeed.