Dad Takes Photos of 18-Month-Old Daughter In ‘Unsafe’ Situations
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What would you do if you saw a baby hanging on to the top of a stairwell banister? Or if you noticed a little one driving a car down the highway? You’d probably freak out a bit, yes? Well, if you see the photos Stephen Crowley posts of his daughter Hannah, you might be getting ready to call child protective services. But don’t pick up that phone just yet. There’s a good reason for these seemingly dangerous images, and it has everything to do with a good cause: asking more people to become bone marrow donors.
18-month-old Hannah Crowley of Dublin, Ireland was born with a rare condition called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH. This immune system condition is often fatal, but the little girl endured chemotherapy, immuno-suppressants, and steroids in her first few months of life in order to give her a shot at a healthy life. The young child was eventually cured after she receivedÂ a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor.
Little Hannah isn’t exactly out of the woods, unfortunately. The transplant could cause her some health issues in the future. But for now, her father is merely looking to help others like Hannah, by raising awareness on how folks can become bone marrow donors.
The dad started editing images of the little girl in seemingly dangerous situations. There’s one image of her driving down Dublin’s M50 road. Another photo shows her sitting calmly on the edge of a fence, where she could easily fall into what appears to be a lake. Crowley would not put his daughter in any real danger, of course. He merely created them for the laughs.
“What was initially just a bit of fun to worry family and friends, ended up being popular enough to use to raise awareness about signing up to become a bone marrow donor,” he told BBC News.
The images certainly do cause many to do a double-take to figure out if they’re real or not. When they discover the intention behind them and hear Hannah’s story, though, Stephen hopes it will prompt them to register as bone marrow donors.
1. Flying High
2. Time to Eat
3. In the Driver’s Seat
4. Hanging Out
5. Baby Gates, What?
“The more people on the register, the more likely that those who need a transplant can find a good match and, in turn, have a better chance of overcoming serious illnesses,” said the 32-year-old dad and designer.
Those living in Ireland can register to become donors with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service or the UK’s Blood Cancer Charity. Interested folks in the US can also register or learn more at BeTheMatch.org.