His daughter Sophia was born May 30 and lived just six weeks, he said. She died from complications from a hepatic hemangioma, a liver tumor, he wrote on Reddit.
Steffel and his wife knew from the first ultrasound that something was wrong, but didn't realize how serious the situation was, he said.
After she was born, Sophia spent part of her life at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and was later moved to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where there were more liver surgeons and experts available to care for the baby girl, he wrote.
She was on a waiting list for a liver when she passed away July 10, Steffel said. After reading the story, many commenters were moved to respond and help out the dad.
"I couldn't sleep without at least trying," one wrote.
"Wow, I'm going hug my newborn now," added another.
When Steffel showed some of the retouched photos to his wife, she teared up, he wrote.
“I was overwhelmed with the response I got,” he told TODAY Parents. “My wife and I were so grateful so many people took the time out of their own lives to either send a nice message of sympathy or an awesome drawing. They couldn't have made this father any happier.”
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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