Stephen Crowley has blown up online since sharing a bunch of pictures he photoshopped to Reddit under a post titled, “I’ve been photoshopping my kid into marginally dangerous situations. Nothing unbelievable, but enough to make people think ‘Wait, did he..?'” Until now, Stephen’s pictures of his daughter, Hannah, have mostly been used to freak out other family members, but since sharing them, his Reddit post has become the 12th most popular Reddit link of all time, according to Peta Pixel, with over 151,000 upvotes. That’s a lot of people who like seeing a baby in danger:
Stephen told Huh Magazine that the fame has been almost as a enjoyable as tormenting grandma with astonishingly believable photoshop jobs. “I thought it would be fun to worry family by putting someone delicate in precarious situations,” he says. “Most of the reactions have been positive, with the odd person not getting the joke and commenting I ‘should be shot.'” He has also commented that he wants this viral moment to do some good, and draw attention to an organization called Be The Match.
You see, Hannah was in a real life dangerous situation. At 4 months old she was diagnosed with a rare immune disorder called HLN, and over the next eight months she had to receive both chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. A transplant is the only cure for HLN. Stephen wants more people to read Hannah’s story and consider becoming bone marrow donors. He says, “Of 27 million worldwide donors, 3 were deemed suitable, and an anonymous German lady donated.”
After eight months of treatment, Hannah is much better and out and about again, taking pics with dad. And they both seemed to have retained their sense of humor:
But what does Stephen’s wife think of all these? He wrote in a comment on Reddit, “My wife actually works for the Irish equivalent of CPS so she’s particularly bothered by these.” But they have apparently come to an understanding, and as we can all see— Hannah is perfectly safe in her dad’s arms.