Request for special picture brings outpouring of support
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 AM
This features the original picture Nathen Steffel posted of his daughter Sophia, to have someone use Photoshop to remove the tubes. The picture on the right is only one of several he received. (Photo submitted)
KALIDA — Kalida resident Nathen Steffel wanted one thing: a picture of his daughter Sophia without tubes attached to her face and wrist. What he received was an overwhelming response of pictures, messages and positive comments.
Only a few days after Nathen and Emily Steffel’s daughter’s death, Nathan used the internet site Reddit, a social networking website, to ask if anyone could use the photo of their daughter Sophia, and remove the tubes attached to her face and wrist. Nathen just wanted one picture.
“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 wrote on the Reddit site.
Over 3,000 people responded on the website with pictures and messages of support.
“It is awesome what happened,” said Sophia’s great grandmother, Betty Griffith, Leipsic.
Her words echo what Nathen told many media sources who heard about the response and did stories.
Nathen’s story has been featured in many media outlets, including Good Morning America, People magazine, and USA Today. The story is also featured on international sites including a Dutch news site, DeTelegraaf.
“Maken Jullie mijn kindje beter,” the Dutch headline reads, with a literal translation of ‘Make you my baby better?’
Sophia was born May 30, 2014. She died July 10 at a Cincinnati hospital from complications of a tumor in her liver, six weeks after she was born in Columbus. She was awaiting a transplant when she died.
“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. Along with a lot of great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks everyone!” Nathen responded Reddit.