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My Personal 9/11
My Personal 9/11

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Challenge: Best of 2013 (Advanced Editing VII)
Location: Phoenix Childrens Hospital Phoenix, AZ
Date: Sep 11, 2013
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/40
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2014

Sorry if the title offended some. I would have named it something different in retrospect. I took this shot on September 11th, 2013 right after my son's failed heart surgery landed him on ECMO. They literally unplugged his heart and ran it from this machine for 24 hours. We were saying our final goodbye's right before they put him through another surgery which saved his life. This was both the best and worst day of my life. Nathan is at home now, currently in heart failure but the happiest baby you've ever seen. This picture was rock bottom. We have at least one more surgery to go on Valentine's day.

Place: 48 out of 237
Avg (all users): 6.3223
Avg (commenters): 8.3636
Avg (participants): 6.3093
Avg (non-participants): 6.3750
Views since voting: 318
Views during voting: 210
Votes: 121
Comments: 17
Favorites: 3 (view)

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02/17/2014 04:30:27 PM
Thanks for all the concern. Nathan's surgery went well on Friday but he hasn't been able to come back off Bypass/ECMO yet. He basically looks exactly like the picture above right now. They're going to try again tomorrow morning. I'll update again when we're done with this mess :)
02/17/2014 02:16:58 PM
Hope the surgery went well.
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02/11/2014 09:02:28 PM
I happened to come across this picture and I've got to simply say wow. Can't even imagine what it must feel like to see your child like this and going through all that. I noticed from the photo description that he is due for another surgery in a few days, I'll keep him on my thoughts and hope that everything turns out well.

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02/09/2014 08:00:01 PM
I'll be thinking of Nathan, especially on Friday. Keep us posted.
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02/07/2014 02:03:39 AM
Wishing all little Nathan the best, he sounds like a fighter.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2014 10:12:38 PM
Powerful and emotional.
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02/06/2014 08:41:00 PM
7 from me. I hope things are working out.
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02/06/2014 06:00:08 PM
Wow. Such an honest portrayal of a moment. Unfettered, graphic, initimate, complex, simple.
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02/06/2014 11:51:11 AM
This is a heartbreaking photo but tells a story
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02/02/2014 09:45:14 PM
So very scary, and yet so touching. Wonderfully rendered, this heartbreaking moment.
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02/02/2014 07:14:12 PM
Heart wrenching.
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02/02/2014 01:13:26 PM
God Bless the Child. Hope everyone is OK.
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02/01/2014 08:35:04 PM
10...voted earlier.
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02/01/2014 08:24:16 PM
So incredibly touching, hope he/she pulled through.
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01/31/2014 08:20:54 PM
Not a fan of the title.

I always give one ten in every challenge. This was one of the easiest choices I've made in this regard for any challenge. In my opinion, there isn't another photo that comes close to the impact this one is presenting. I might not give any photo a nine because I believe this one is that much better than the rest.

It's one of the only entries where I want to ask follow up questions. I want to engage with the subjects of the photo. You want the photo that proceeds this one to come next.
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01/31/2014 07:38:44 PM
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01/31/2014 05:20:43 PM
I rated this highly because it has plenty of emotion. I think it would be even stronger if cropped in a bit. Nice work.
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