Reddit users fulfill grieving father's touching Photoshop request

Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
Photo of Sophia (Nathan Steffel/Reddit)
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Photo of Sophia (Nathan Steffel/Reddit)

When Nathan Steffel's infant daughter, Sophia, died after spending her six weeks of life in a hospital with tubes to help her breathe, he turned to Reddit with a simple request.

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?

The painful appeal by Steffel, who lives in Ohio, was answered by a collection of kindhearted individuals who edited Sophia's photo just as Steffel asked. The results were stunning.

Redditor funkybrewster posted this version and wrote, "This is super late but I really wanted to help out too. Here's my attempt. I hope I didn't overdo it on the color correction."

(Reddit/funkybrewster)
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(Reddit/funkybrewster)

 Other attempts were equally beautiful.

(Reddit/ChangingYang)
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(Reddit/ChangingYang)

 And others responded with sketches of Sophia.

(Reddit/emrythelion)
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(Reddit/emrythelion)

Steffel was clearly touched by the efforts.

"This is really amazing," he wrote on Reddit. "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!"

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