Chris Picco is a passionate musician with an undying love for his wife and son. He intended to blend his passion of music into the experience of fatherhood by naming his son after one of his heroes, John Lennon. He hoped to instill his love of music into Lennon and celebrate his existence with the gift of undying adoration and affection. Picco’s dreams for his wife and son quickly fell apart when Lennon was born prematurely.
Ashley Picco, Chris’ wife, would often share that Lennon would dance inside her belly when Chris would play his guitar and sing, according to Yahoo News. Lennon’s movement became a source of inspiration to become a great father via the instillation of music into his son’s life. Chris hoped to spend as much time as possible using it to bond over and as a teaching tool for Lennon. Sadly, tragedy hit the family when Ashley went into labor prematurely at only 24 weeks. She was forced to endure an emergency cesarean section during the birthing process. Complications became too much for Ashley to endure, and she passed away during the birth.
Chris was understandably distraught, but he put on a brave facade and focused on the time he had with his newborn son, Lennon. Lennon was in bad shape. According to Fox News, he showed little brain activity and had a visible lack of movement. Doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital did all they could to give Lennon the best possible care throughout his short life.
Prior to Lennon’s death, Chris Picco decided to perform one last time for his son, hoping to see the same movement that his wife felt in her belly during the pregnancy. The result was uploaded to YouTube, where it has become a viral tearjerker.
Warning, you might need a tissue while watching.
Lennon Picco died in his father’s arms on November 11, 2014. Chris Picco shared a message to all of his supporters on his Facebook page.
“I am so thankful for the four unforgettable days I got to spend with him… I [am] 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 have been so many negative stories revolving around parents and children in the news lately. Reading one that brings positive influence out of tragedy is surely a rarity.
A fund has been set up to help Chris with expenses during his tough transition. If you would like to donate or send a positive message, you can do so by donating here.
[Photo Courtesy: Adventist Review]