Childbirth is normally a wonderful and beautiful process. But, every once in a while, it goes tragically wrong.
A video a father has made showing him singing to his dying newborn baby after losing his wife in childbirth is making the rounds on social media because of the heartbreaking story behind it. Tragically, Chris Picco, who is 30, lost his wife Ashley on September 30 after an emergency C-section to deliver the couple’s son, Lennon James.
Days later, Picco took to his guitar to gently sing Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” to his prematurely born baby. Lennon was born at 24 weeks and unfortunately did not survive either.
He reportedly died hours after the video, below, was recorded and posted on YouTube.
Picco took to Facebook to write his thoughts on losing both wife and child.
“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 wrote. “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 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,’” he wrote.
Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available. During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life. One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy’s arms.