I've been photoshopping my kid into marginally dangerous situations. Nothing unbelievable, but enough to make people think "Wait, did he..?" from pics
A father is raising awareness of his toddler daughter’s immune disorder by putting her in life-threatening situations.
At least, that’s how it appears.
A graphic designer named Stephan from Dublin, Ireland, Photoshops his child in images depicting “marginally dangerous” situations, such as climbing ladders, playing with knives, and steering a car on the highway. He does this to draw attention to Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), which his daughter has been battling throughout her infancy, Metro reports.
“She had a very rare immune disorder called HLH and spent six months of her first year in hospital, receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, which is the only possible cure,” Stephan said of his baby girl named Hannah.
“Of 27 million worldwide donors, three were deemed suitable, and an anonymous German lady donated,” he added.
Stephan said now that Hannah’s able to live a more “normal” life; they make up for lost time by catching up on activities they missed out on, taking a lot of photos.
“She is doing much better now (although she’s in and out of hospital), but she’s lots of fun, always smiling, and has a great sense of humor given what she’s been through so far,” Stephan said.
The photos of Hannah pulling off dangerous stunts — which Stephan shared on Reddit — was an idea that he thought would be funny to get a rouse out of his family.
While it may seem like an odd parental move, the silly distraction is probably helpful to alleviate some of the very real anxiety and concern over Hannah’s health.
“Most of the reactions have been positive, with the odd person not getting the joke and commenting that I 'should be shot,’” Stephan said.
In essence, what Stephan is doing is similar to someone with a terminal illness becoming an adrenaline junkie after their diagnosis and taking carefree risks that they probably never would have if they were not suddenly staring death in the face.
Of course, Hannah isn’t actually doing these terrifying things, what with her being a toddler and all — her dear old dad is just having a little fun.
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