Internet kindness hit a tear-jerking level this week. Nathen Steffel posted a photo of his newborn daughter Sophia on Reddit, asking someone to remove the tubes from the photo.
“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?” he posted on the site.
The responses, nearly 3000 of them, contained an overwhelming amount of support, sympathy, and shared grief. Steffel received countless Photoshopped, painted or drawn images of baby Sophia, tube-free, to remember her by.
Sophia lost her battle with a hepatic hemangioma in her liver at just 6 weeks old in Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.
“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. A long with a lot of great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks everyone!” Steffel responded on Reddit.
This community effort joins the ranks of other organizations that help parents cope with the loss of babies, like Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, which also creates portraits.
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TODAY show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie’s recent baby shower was nothing if not newsworthy. The journalist, expecting her first child, celebrated her baby-to-be with a newspaper-themed shower hosted by her friends at NBC. And, though Savannah is known for keeping a straight face while reporting the news, the 42-year-old let her emotions show as she thanked her friends and family for their support. “I have never felt in my life so much joy for us,” she gushed to party-goers at the June 30th event. “I kinda just can’t get over it because when you say you’re happy for us or you give us a hug or rub the belly, I know you really mean it. That means so much to me and us.” The other half of the expecting couple is Guthrie’s husband, Mike Feldman (who she accidentally introduced as Matt at the party — classic pregnancy brain!). The pair married in March of 2014 and announced the pregnancy shortly after.
Here’s a closer look at Savannah’s adorable baby shower!