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Heartbreaking: Grieving Father Sings To Dying Newborn Son Whose Mother Died In Childbirth

13/11/2014 10:43 | Updated 20 May 2015

Heartbreaking: Grieving father Chris Picco sings to dying newborn son whose mother died in childbirth

A father, whose wife died in childbirth, sings to his dying newborn son in a heartbreaking video, which he shared on YouTube.

Chris Picco's wife Ashley, 30, died following an emergency Caesarean section to deliver their son Lennon James.

Lennon was born 15 weeks prematurely on November 8. He died just four days later on Thursday November 11.

Just hours before Lennon died, Chris sat beside his incubator and sang Paul McCartney's Blackbird to his son.

"Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so I brought my guitar today and gave him a little concert," Chris wrote on a memorial fundraising site set up in Ashley's memory.

The video was uploaded to YouTube and then linked to Reddit, where it went viral within hours.

Shortly afterwards Chris shared the news that his son had died.

"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 on Ashley's memorial page.

"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 mummy 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 mummy 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."

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