“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?”



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Funky Brester

Source: funkybrewster, “Here’s my attempt.” Imgur. Accessed 18 July 2014.


In July 2014, Nathen Steffel, a 26-year-old father who lives in Ohio, asked his Redditors for help. He posted a photo of his weeks-old late daughter Sophia lying in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of her body, and he 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 able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?” Redditors responded with Photoshopped photographs and with drawings. Mr. Steffel said, “After three hours of it being posted, it was the no. 1 trending thing on Reddit. I had a thousand personal messages and replies. Some of the artists have sent their pictures and drawings directly to our house. Some have even done embroidering on blankets. I was just hoping for at least one good Photoshopped picture.” His daughter was born on 30 May 2014 and died on 10 July 2014 at six weeks old from a liver tumor. A Redditor wrote, “I hope you and your wife enjoy this version. My best friend recently lost her son … thank you for allowing us to work on this photo for you.” Another Redditor wrote, “I am reading this from the recovery room. Our baby is 23 hours old. I can’t possibly imagine how you must feel. Go hug your wife, and tell her it’s from Reddit.” Mr. Steffel wrote on Reddit, “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.”

For Further Information: Sarah Larimer and Caesy Capachi, “Today in uplifting internet news: Redditors help father who lost his infant daughter.” Washington Post. 16 July 2014


For Further Information: Jamiel Lynch, “Redditors answer grieving dad’s ask to Photoshop baby’s picture.” USA Today. 16 July 2014


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