Video: Father's emotional Youtube rendition of 'Blackbird' to dying baby son goes viral

Chris Picco had lost his wife during the birth of their baby son Lennon James just days before

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A touching video has been released that shows a father singing Paul McCartney’s Blackbird to his dying baby son.

The video shows father, Chris Picco, accompanied by an acoustic guitar, singing the song to his incubated son Lennon James Picco on 11 November, just hours before he tragically passed away.

Lennon James was born on the Saturday, over four months premature to his mother Ashley Piccolo, who unexpectedly died as a result of complications during her an emergency C-section on the 8 November.

The premature Lennon James was then left fighting for his life as staff at the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, California did their best to try and keep him alive.

After days in the incubator, Chris decided to bring in his guitar to the hospital and sing Paul McCartney’s 1976 song to his ill son.

Video: Watch the heartbreaking rendition below

On the memorial page to his wife Ashley, Chris wrote:  “Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so I brought my guitar today and gave him a little concert. Continue to pray for a miracle for my precious, perfect little guy!”

Just hours later, another post from Chris confirmed that Lennon James had sadly died.

The message posted by Chris read: “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”.

Adding: “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.”

Following the death of his wife, a Memorial Page and fund was set up for by friends of Chris to help him pay the medical expenses and funeral costs for his wife. 

After the video of the performance was posted onto Youtube on Wednesday, donations began to pour in and the current figure now stands at $60,000, with just ten days left.

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