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'Our Hearts Are Saddened': Family grieves loss of newborn in twins viral photo

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Days after a photo of Florida newborn twins hugging in a hospital went viral, the family is mourning the the loss of one of the boys. 

Twins Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer of St. Lucie County captured thousands of hearts on social media thanks to the photo of the 3-week-old boys posted on Facebook on September 1st. 

Little Mason is pictured embracing his brother Hawk and smiling. Hawk was born with a very rare medical condition.

"This picture was taken 11 days after they were born, it's the first time they have ever touched and as soon as Mason felt Hawk he reached out for his arm and smiled this big," the post reads. "We thought it was time for everyone pulling for our boy to see this picture."

Hawk was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which is a defect in the diaphragm. The diaphragm separates the organs in the abdomen from those in the chest.  Hawk has had several surgeries since his birth. 

On Wednesday morning, the boys' parents, Brandy Guettler and Tommy Buchmeyer, posted a message on their Facebook page: "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."
 

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