Video of father singing to dying baby goes viral

2014-11-14 11:11

A heartbreaking video of a man singing a Beatles song to his dying newborn baby, after the mother passed away during labour, has gone viral online.

Chris Picco took a guitar into the neonatal ward to sing Blackbird to his son Lennon, born prematurely by emergency Caesarean section last weekend.

The boy was born at 24 weeks on November 8, but his mother Ashley died the same day. The infant survived three days in the neonatal ward at Loma Linda University Hospital outside Los Angeles and died on November 11.

A video of the baby’s father playing the song by his incubator had been watched over half a million times yesterday, with tens of thousands more views every few minutes.

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“Our dear Ashley’s life was tragically, devastatingly cut short this past weekend. Her dear baby flickered briefly for a few days after,” said a statement on a memorial website.

A family spokesperson, Brett Walls, said: “For the next few days, Chris is spending time with his family, his friends, and his community while he continues to grieve.

“He recognises the chord this is striking with people and would be interested in seeing how we could partner to bring healing to others who are suffering,” he said.

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