One daring Dublin dad has been causing quite the stir on social media by Photoshopping photos of his little girl into dangerous situations, like playing with knives and hanging off a banister.
Stephen Crowley’s Photoshop skills have caused havoc on Instagram, where users have criticised his parenting, writing comments like ‘what If the baby falls and hits its head[?]’.
But the father has been quick to calm fears, letting other parents concerned for his baby’s health know that there’s no harm done.
‘Before everyone goes crazy, don’t worry,’ he jokily captioned a picture of little Hannah sitting on the oven holding a cooking knife. ‘The oven clock is set wrong, she isn’t actually still awake at 9.35pm.’
Stephen, whose daughter Hannah was born with a rare immune disorder called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (LHL) is hoping to raise awareness for Be The Match, the bone marrow registry that helped save little Hannah’s life after she spent her first six months in hospital waiting for a transplant.
And although the photos have shocked many of his followers, the graphic designer assures them that there’s no danger involved, and that he simply uses the images as a fun way to capture the time he spends with his daughter now that she’s well.
‘Because we missed out on so much normal stuff in the first year, we take tons of photos now that we’re able to do normal things out of isolation,’ he told Mashable UK.
‘She’s lots of fun, always smiling, and has a great sense of humour considering what she’s been through so far.’
Of the 27 million worldwide donors, Stephen reveals that only three were suitable for Hannah, who eventually matched with an anonymous donor in 2016. HLH causes the body to produce too many activated immune cells, and is normally diagnosed in babies or very young children.
Symptoms include fever, breathing problems and kidney abnormalities, and the condition can be inherited (although this is not always the case).
Now she’s finally enjoying improved health, Stephen says that Hannah loves getting out in the fresh air, or driving her dad’s car down the motorway (under full supervision, of course).