In August 2014, Ashley and Chris Picco celebrated seven years of marriage. And when they found out that they were expecting a child, they were overjoyed. They shared the wonderful news on Facebook and posted a picture of a pair of tiny baby shoes with the text “coming soon.” But life soon took a turn for the worst for the couple.
The couple’s baby was born three months premature via an emergency caesarean section. And sadly, Ashley, 30, was only a mother for a few hours. She died in the hospital shortly after delivering her baby boy, Lennon.
Chris’ life was devastated. He had lost the love of his life and the mother of his child.
“It’s impossible to sum up what as 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,” Chris wrote in an emotional post after his wife’s tragic death.
Chris had no choice but to remain in the hospital and watch over his beloved son while he mourned the loss of his wife. In the clip below, you can see Chris sing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” for his baby, who was struggling to survive. Chris’ performance is so beautiful that it just shattered my heart.
Unfortunately, little Lennon James Picco wasn’t able to pull through, and Chris lost his wife and his son in the span of only a few days.
After the sad the sad event, Chris wrote emotional message:
“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.”
I have no words. Watch Chris sing “Blackbird” here:
This story touched me so much. I feel deep sorrow for Chris and hope that no one has to go through something like that. Please share this story if you were as moved by it as I was.
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