Saturday 22 October 2016

'Our hearts are saddened' - The twin who captured hearts in viral hugging photo has died from rare disorder

Published 08/09/2016 | 09:58

Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer. Photo: Facebook
Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer. Photo: Facebook

One of the 11-day-old twins who won hearts when their first hug was captured in a powerful photo has died.

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The Buchmeyers shared the photo of their twins, Hawk and Mason, earlier this month.

The image depicted the babies at 11-days-old, capturing the "first time they ever touched".

“As soon as Mason felt Hawk he reached out for his arm and smiled this big. We thought it was time for everyone pulling for our boy to see this picture," the caption explained.

Little Hawk Buchmeyer was born with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, a hole in the diaphragm enabling a baby’s organs to move into his chest.

On Wednesday his family announced that he had passed away.

“Our hearts are saddened this morning as our sweet little man was called home to be with Jesus,” the Florida family wrote on Facebook.

"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.”

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