California Man Sings To His Dying Son Shortly After He Loses His Wife
Chris and Ashley Picco had been married for 7 years and were expecting their first baby when tragedy hit.
Ashley was only 30 years old and 24 weeks along in her pregnancy, when she had an aneurysm and passed away in her sleep. The baby, Lennon, lacked movement and brain activity and doctors and nurses at the Loma Linda University Hospital did everything they could to bring little Lennon into the world through an emergency C-section.
All you need is love.
Chris was left to take care of his newborn premature baby all alone. Following Ashley's passing, a memorial fund was set up in her memory. Buzzfeed.com reports that it has already raised $60,000. Chris wrote this on the fundraising page to thank everyone for their support in this tragic and difficult time:
“It’s impossible to sum up what as happened in the last couple of days,” he wrote. “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.”
As if losing his wife, mother of his child and best friend wasn't hard enough, Chris then had to deliver the saddest news of all, little Lennon went to sleep for the final time at only four days old. He didn't make it.
"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."
It's so hard to even imagine what Chris could possibly be going through. How is he even making it through the day? I don't think I'd be strong enough to do it! Trying to imagine how he is getting through life after this incredible amount of loss, is truly beyond my comprehension. I wish for him love, peace and strength.
Shortly before little Lennon passed away, Chris took this video singing 'Blackbird' to his little boy. It's beautiful and what a wonderful memory he'll have of his son, a memory that will last forever. See the video below: