St. Lucie newborn in viral hugging photo dies

Posted at 6:06 AM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 08:56:08-04

Days after an adorable picture of St. Lucie County newborn twins captured hearts across the internet, family members are now mourning the loss of one of the babies.

The photo shows twins Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer, and features Mason embracing his brother Hawk with a big smile.

Hawk was born with the rare condition that causes a defect in the diaphragm and is being treated at Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville.

Hawk underwent nine surgeries since he was born three weeks ago.


Early Wednesday morning, a post on the Mason & Hawk Facebook page said Hawk died from the defect:

The Facebook post stated:

“Our hearts are saddened this morning as our sweet little man was called home to be with Jesus. He went very peacefully and we know he's no longer suffering. Please give us some time to grieve and try to start the healing process.”

The picture was taken on Sept. 1, which was 11 days after they were born.

Six days after the photo was uploaded the Facebook, the picture has been shared more than 27,000 times and received more than 3,300 comments.