Newborn captured in viral photo hugging twin dies of rare condition

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GAINESVILLE, Flor. — Just days after an emotional photo of newborn twins hugging in a hospital went viral, the family has confirmed one of them has died due to a rare medical condition.

Twin boys Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer of Florida were born on August 18 at Shands Children’s Hopital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Shortly after birth, Hawk was diagnosed with a rare condition called CDC, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

Hawk’s family started a Facebook page called Mason & Hawk to share his health updates with friends, family and strangers who chose to follow his journey.

A photo posted to the page on September 1 of the twins embracing touched the hearts of people everywhere.

The picture was taken 11 days after their birth, and was the first time the brothers had touched.

“As soon as Mason felt Hawk he reached out for his arm and smiled this big,” the photo’s caption reads.

The family received an outpouring of support, prayers and kind messages over social media from people who were touched by Hawk and his story.

But Wednesday morning, the family confirmed on the Facebook page that Hawk had died and is no longer suffering.

“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,” the post read.