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Dad's heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio father's simple Internet request for a photo of his infant daughter without breathing tubes covering her face is capturing the hearts of people worldwide.

Nathen Steffel posted the request just after his daughter died last week from complications of a tumor in her liver.

He says the response has been overwhelming. Steffel said Wednesday that he's received countless photos, sketches and paintings at the family's home in Kalida in northwestern Ohio. One person is sending a woven blanket with a picture of the little girl who was born May 30.

Steffel says all he had hoped for was one photo of his daughter. He says the outpouring has helped his family cope with the loss of their daughter.

To see some of the photoshopped photos, visit the original request here:
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