This video will break your heart. A devastated young father serenades his dying newborn baby boy to The Beatles’ song ‘Blackbird.’
Chris Picco has suffered two immeasurable losses at once. Just days after his wife, Ashley Picco, died during premature childbirth, their son, Lennon, born at just 24 weeks, died in his arms at 3 days old. In this heartbreaking video, Chris sings a lullaby to Lennon in the days before his death in hopes of encouraging his brain activity. So sad.
‘Blackbird’: Father Performs Lullaby For Dying Newborn
If you don’t have tissues nearby, please grab some before watching the above video. It will truly make your heart ache.
On Nov. 8, a devastating health eventleft doctors forced to deliver Ashley’s child at just 26 weeks along in her pregnancy. Unfortunately, she died during the C-section at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, reports Spectrum Magazine.
Ashley’s husband, Chris, spent three days in the NICU with their premature son, Lennon James. Unfortunately, his lack of movement and brain activity gave doctors little hope for his future.
Chris recalled that during Ashley’s pregnancy, she often found that the baby was responsive to music inside the womb. Hoping that music would inspire his little fighter to show signs of life, Chris received approval from the hospital to bring in his guitar.
On Nov. 10, the hopeful father spent an entire day playing music for his son, including the above lullaby “Blackbird” by his son’s namesake, John Lennon, and The Beatles.
Sadly, the following day, Nov. 11, little Lennon passed away in Chris’ arms.
Chris Addresses The Loss Of His Son On Facebook
Despite losing both his wife and his son in just a matter of days, Chris found the strength to address his Facebook friends and followers to announce that his son had tragically passed.
“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,” Chris bravely wrote.
“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.'”
Chris has received an outpouring of support beyond anything he expected. Not only has his lullaby gone viral — receiving over 320k views in less than 24 hours — but the Ashley Picco Memorial Fund set up on YouCaring.com has already exceeded it’s $50,000 goal. As of the date and time this article was published, donations were up to over $73,000.
Our thoughts go out to Chris, as well as his and Ashley’s family and friends during this very difficult time.
— Lauren Cox