A photo of a father cradling his sick son in the shower went viral, many deeming in inappropriate.
The photo, captured by photographer Heather Whitten, showed her husband, Thomas, comforting their son Fox in the shower after the boy fell ill. The photo was taken in 2014 but went viral in May.
“Thomas had spent hours in the shower with him, trying to keep his fever down and letting the vomit and [diarrhea] rinse off of them both as it came,” Whitten told the Daily Mirror. “It was a powerful moment for us as parents.”
In a Facebook post Heather recalled the moment, writing that her husband spent hours in the shower with their son as he tried to keep Fox's fever down and the water rinsed the vomit and diarrhea off of them as it came.
Whitten, who lives with her husband and four children in Arizona, said her son was later admitted to the hospital with salmonella poisoning and that her husband had been trying to comfort him through his sickness.
"As I sat in the shower with the two of them I was just overwhelmed with the scene in front of me,' she wrote, according to the Daily Mail. "This man. This husband and partner and father. He was so patient and so loving and so strong with our tiny son in his lap. His whispers of reassurance to Fox, that he would be ok and that Thomas would take care of him were so steady and so honest.'
Though the photo portrayed a touching moment between father and son, many complained about the nudity and felt it was inappropriate.
“I was taken aback by how many people missed the story or didn't even look past the nudity to find the story,” Whitten wrote in a Facebook post, Daily Mail reported. “They were just hung up on them both being nude and being in the shower. I had crossed a line. It was too intimate. It shouldn't be shared publicly. But, I disagree. My family may be different than yours. But, that doesn't make your way right or my way wrong.”
The photo went viral, garnering more than 130,000 likes and 31,000 shares on Facebook after it was posted.
“There is nothing sexual or exploitative about this image," Whitten wrote. "There aren't even any "private parts" showing. I wish I could express this all in a better way."