After losing his wife to complications of cesarean operation, a heartbreaking video of a grieving father who sang the “Blackbird” of The Beatles to his dying newborn baby boy had gone viral online.
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The 30-year-old mother, Ashley Picco, who was admitted at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in California, was not able to survive the emergency cesarean section she had to undergo.
To support the grief-stricken husband and father, a memorial fund was set up following Ashley’s death. With a goal of only $50,000, the fundraising had already reached more than $173,000.
Overwhelmed with the support he has been receiving from his friends and family, Chris Picco wrote,
It’s impossible to sum up what has 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.”
After learning the death of his wife, Chris grabbed a guitar and sat beside his baby, who was then fighting for his life. He sang “Blackbird,” a song about a woman who is struggling to find her place, recorded by The Beatles in 1968. K.C. Hohensee, Chris’s friend, filmed him and uploaded the video on YouTube. The two-minute video has now been viewed almost 18,000,000 times.
The day after the video was shared online, Chris revealed a tragic news about 24-week-old Lennon:
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.
A memorial service for Ashley and baby Lennon was held at the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists.