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Father asks for help with picture after his daughter passes away

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Markaes4 created a lasting image for the family. Markaes4 created a lasting image for the family.
The original image from the father, Nathen Steffel. The original image from the father, Nathen Steffel.
A sketch drawn by izzizzi. A sketch drawn by izzizzi.
It started as a simple request to Reddit users online.

"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?

Nathen Steffel, of Ohio, posted a picture of his daughter Sophia who passed away six weeks after she was born July 10, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  She had hepatic hemangioma, a liver tumor.

After that simple note, there was an avalanche of people wanting to help.  There were drawings, paintings and an amazing amount of photoshopped pictures.  The love could be seen throughout.

User zjleblanc said, "Wow, I'm going hug my newborn now."  Markaes4 said, "I'm very sorry... My son is 9 months old and I couldn't sleep without at least trying."  And it was he who produced an amazing picture.

Nathen replied, "Thank you. It comforts us to know she will never experience heartbreak. She only knew the love my wife and I gave her."
"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. A long with a lot of great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks everyone!"

Nearly 3,000 comments later and hundreds of works of art have been produced.  Nathen said, "I'm overwhelmed with all the replies I have received."