To raise awareness for bone marrow donation, a photographer dad edited his toddler into semi-dangerous situations and posted the photos on Reddit.

By Hollee Actman Becker

What's your first reaction when you see this picture?

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Is it something along the lines of What the heck was that photographer thinking?! Yeah, me too. But guess what? It turns out that's exactly what the guy behind the lens wanted us to think. Because the 32 year-old-designer from Dublin also happens to be this adorable little girl's father. And as for why he decided to put his own child in such a precarious situation, well...he didn't.

"I've been photoshopping my kid into marginally dangerous situations," Stephen wrote on Reddit, where he posted an entire series of images that feature his 18-month-old daughter Hannah on the precipice of peril. "Nothing unbelievable, but enough to make people think 'Wait, did he..?'"

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So brilliant!

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

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Or at least left to fend for himself on the outside rung of a 20-foot staircase.

Stephen told us he first came up with the idea for the series when Hannah came home from the hospital after receiving a bone marrow transplant at the age of 10 months. "She was born with a very rare immune disorder called HLH and spent six months of her first year in hospital, receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant," he said. "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."

Normal things, like letting your toddler climb a big ladder into the attic:

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Or having her take the family car out for a 100 mph spin:

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Looks like little Hannah's got some pretty solid skills! And while she's still in and out of the hospital, Stephen told us she's doing much better now. "She's always smiling, and has a great sense of humor given what she's been through so far," he explained, adding that it's now his hope that the attention they've received from the photo series will help raise awareness for bone marrow donation.

If you're interested in helping kids like Hannah, learn about donating in the U.S., in the UK, or in Ireland.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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