Father’s plea for photo of baby girl spurs nationwide response

An Ohio father’s simple Internet request for a photo of his infant daughter without breathing tubes covering her face is capturing the hearts of people worldwide.

He wrote, “My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. She was in the hospital her whole life and we were never able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes?”

Nathen Steffe posted this image to Reddit asking members to retouch the image to remove the tubing from his daughter's face. (Credit Nathen and Emily Steffe)

Nathen Steffe posted this image to Reddit asking members to retouch the image to remove the tubing from his daughter’s face. (Credit Nathen and Emily Steffe)

Nathen Steffel posted the request just after his daughter died last week from complications of a tumor in her liver.

He says the response has been overwhelming. Steffel was hoping to get at least one good image. So far, he’s received more than 100 photos, drawings and paintings at the family’s home in Kalida in northwestern Ohio. ¬†One person is sending a woven blanket with a picture of the little girl who was born May 30.

Steffel says all he had hoped for was one photo of his daughter. He says the outpouring has helped his family cope with the loss of their daughter.

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