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The Beautiful Way Complete Strangers Are Helping a Grieving Father

Sometimes, even in life’s saddest moments, there is beauty to be found.

Such was the case for Nathen Steffel — a father who posted a picture of his late infant daughter, Sophia, to Reddit earlier this week, asking if anyone could photoshop out the tubes around her mouth and hands.


Sophia was 6 weeks old when she passed away at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital after suffering a hepatic hemangioma in her liver.

“Since she was in the hospital her whole life, we were never able to get a photo without all her tubes,” Steffel wrote on Reddit. To his surprise, a ton of Reddit users — complete strangers — responded (and are continuing to respond).

“I didn’t really want all the publicity, I just wanted a picture,” Steffel wrote in an email to Today. “What I received was a whole lot of love and support from complete strangers.

Take a look:

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