I was saddened to learn that a member of my church (during my growing years) has been faced with a horrible tragedy.
Last week, Chris Picco found himself in the Loma Linda University Hospital as his wife Ashley, 30, was forced to have an emergency cesarean section. Following the procedure, his son Lennon survived but Ashley died in her sleep.
Lennon battled for a few days with Chris by his side. Devastated by the loss of his wife, he wrote the following:
“It’s impossible to sum up what as happened in the last couple of days,” he wrote. “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.”
Unfortunately, Chris also had to say goodbye to his son. The above video features his heartbreaking rendition of ‘Blackbird.”
Our condolences go out to Chris and his family.
The following statement was released by Chris after the death of his son Lennon:
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.
A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Ashley and Lennon. Additionally, the memorial service will be at the Loma Linda University Church on November 15 at 7:30 PM.