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There's More to This Dad's Photos of His Baby in Danger

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When you're scrolling through Irish dad and designer Stephen Crowley's Instagram, it's impossible not to do a double take. Wait, is his baby driving a car? And then: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Why is she holding a knife?!

The 32-year-old dad has been posting photos of his now 18-month-old daughter, Hannah, in some heart-stopping situations that would make any parent go into full panic mode.

"Also, my wife works for the Irish equivalent of CPS. She particularly hates them as I tag her in them on Facebook for her colleagues to see," Crowley writes on Reddit.

But there's no need to worry, folks, because these photos are Photoshopped.

"I thought it would be fun to worry family by putting someone delicate in precarious situations," Crowley told Huh magazine. "Most of the reactions have been positive, with the odd person not getting the joke and commenting I 'should be shot.'"

And that exact reaction is what spurred the dad to make even more treasured photos. What he wants to do in continuing this popular series is to raise awareness for becoming a marrow donor.

Hannah was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening immune disorder, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis or HLH, at 4 months old. Certain immune system cells don't work properly to destroy infected or damaged cells, which leads to the immune system being overstimulated, which then leads to the immune system damaging the body's own tissues and organs. In many cases, the only way to cure kids of HLH is to have a bone marrow transplant, a key way to replace their immune systems.

"Of 27 million worldwide donors, three were deemed suitable, and an anonymous German lady donated," Crowley told Huh magazine.

Hannah had to spend about eight months in the hospital and received chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

"Because we missed out on so much normal stuff of the first year, we take tons of photos now that we're able to do normal things out of isolation," Crowley said.

Since the photos have gone viral, Crowley has received many messages from people wishing Hannah and the family well.

"To be honest, we're very surprised at the reaction and how far it has spread," he told Mom.me. "We hope given the reaction, and the sheer number of articles written and shared, that more people decided to sign up to the register."

To learn how your bone marrow can save lives, visit Be the Match, which is a non-profit operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, and Anthony Nolan, which was started in 1974 by a mom whose son was in urgent need of a transplant.

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