Dad Puts Baby in 'Dangerous' Situations -- but for a Good Reason

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There's nothing better than a cute baby picture -- except, maybe, a cute baby picture that totally cracks you up. Stephen Crowley, a 32-year-old dad from Dublin, has captured the Internet's attention by Photoshopping his daughter into "marginally dangerous" situations. The photos are so good (and so scary!), they might have you doing a double-take -- but the dad tells CafeMom there's more to the series than just getting laughs.

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Crowley explains to CafeMom that the photos of his 18-month-old daughter, Hannah, started out as a way to entertain his friends and family. "I work as a designer, so [I] thought it would be fun to worry family by putting someone delicate in precarious situations," he said.

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Crowley also shares the images on his Instagram, where he says they've garnered a positive reaction -- minus the "the odd person not getting the joke and commenting I 'should be shot.'"

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Stephen Crowley/Imgur

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Stephen Crowley/Imgur

The photos are obviously hilarious, but Crowley says there's actually a serious reason he was inspired to start the series. "She [Hannah] had a very rare immune disorder called HLH and spent six months of her first year in hospital, receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, which is the only possible cure," he tells CafeMom. "Of 27 million worldwide donors, three were deemed suitable, and an anonymous German lady donated. Because we missed out on so much normal stuff from the first year, we take tons of photos now that we're able to do normal things out of isolation."

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HLH stands for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a life-threatening disorder that can cause people's immune system to start attacking their tissues and organs, including bone marrow, their liver, and their brain. Bone marrow transplants are an important part of the treatment for HLH, and Crowley hopes the popularity of his photos also helps raise awareness about the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor.


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stephen crowley
Stephen Crowley/Imgur

Crowley tells CafeMom his daughter is doing much better now, though she's still in and out of the hospital. "She's lots of fun, always smiling, and has a great sense of humor given what she's been through so far," he said.

With a dad as inventive as Crowley, we're sure the smiles and giggles come easily.

If you're interested in becoming a bone marrow donor and helping kids like Hannah, you can find more info here for the UShere for the UK, or here for Ireland.

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