Father Sings To His Dying Newborn After His Wife Dies Following Childbirth [VIDEO]
A heartbreaking video of a father singing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” to his dying newborn son after his wife died in her sleep following childbirth is being shared all over the Internet.
The clip shows Chris Picco playing the guitar and singing to his son, Lennon, in the hospital shortly after the death of his wife.
Picco's wife, Ashley, who was only 30, died after undergoing an emergency cesarean at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in California.
After Ashley's death, a memorial fund was set up in her honor, and to date it has raised nearly $70,000.
On November 9, Picco wrote on the fundraising page,
It’s impossible to sum up what as happened in the last couple of days. My wife, best friend and mother of my child passed away. I have a lifetime to grieve this unspeakable loss, but I know that right now she would want me to focus completely on baby Lennon James Picco, who survived by an emergency C-section.
The video above was recorded on Tuesday, November 11 and was uploaded to K.C. Hohensee's YouTube channel.
On Wednesday, Picco released the following devastating statement about his son,
Dear friends, family, and supporters; it is with an unbelievably heavy heart that I write this.
My little fighter, Lennon James Picco went to sleep in his daddy’s arms late last night.
He was surrounded by family, friends, and the best doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the world.
He was dressed in an outfit that Ashley bought for him, with little guitars on it, and wrapped in a blanket made by a dear friend.
I am so thankful for the four unforgettable days I got to spend with him.
His mommy would have been so beyond joy to see him and to hold him, touch him, bathe him, sing to him - as I have had the privilege of doing.
I have been so blessed and honored to love him before he was formed, to cherish him while mommy carried him, meet him face to precious face, and hold his perfect little body while we said “goodbye for now”.
There are no words, but I wanted to keep you updated, as your love and support has meant more than anything in the world.
All you need is love.