Saturday, November 15, 2014

Video of Adventist Father Singing to Dying Son Goes Viral

Chris Picco loses his 4-day-old boy just days after his wife dies at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.
Chris Picco kissing his son, Lennon James.
Apoignant video of an Adventist song leader from Loma Linda University singing a farewell lullaby to his dying infant son just days after his wife died following a Caesarean section has gone viral.

Chris Picco, a professional recording artist who leads university chapel song services, tenderly sang Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” on his guitar at the bedside of his 4-day-old son, Lennon James, on November 11, hours before the boy died in his father’s arms.

His wife, Ashley, 30, died following an emergency Caesarean section to deliver the baby, who was born 16 weeks early, at the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

“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 page to his wife. “Continue to pray for a miracle for my precious, perfect little guy!”

But hours later, Chris wrote in another post that his son had died.

“It is with an unbelievably heavy heart that I write this,” he said. “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 ..." Read the full article by Andrew McChesney in Adventist Review

Author: Andrew McChesney is the News editor Adventist Review and Adventist World. Former editor-in-chief, The Moscow Times.



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