Portrait of grief: Poignant image of father after newborn baby's death

A touching image has captured a father’s love and heartbreak as he cradles the body of his precious newborn son.

Baby Nixon Tonkin died shortly after delivery at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in June 2014.

His mother Simone was a first-time mum when she had to undergo an emergency caesarean after he became stuck in the birthing canal.

The image of baby Nixon with his father. Picture: Instagram
The image of baby Nixon with his father. Picture: Instagram

Nixon suffered skull fractures, hemorrhaging and brain swelling, most likely caused when a midwife pressed two fingers against his head to reverse the obstruction.

His death is the subject of an ongoing inquest in Brisbane Coroners Court.

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The heart-wrenching image of his dad, Marty, holding him was posted to Instagram by family friend Simone Valentine, who is fundraising to financially support the grieving family.

Baby Nixon Tonkin died shortly after delivery
Baby Nixon Tonkin died shortly after delivery

“Meet Marty,” she wrote. “Strongest man I've met - Emotionally.”

“Carried Nixon's casket in at his service and how he made his legs move with the soul breaking task ahead is seriously a moment I personally Will Never Forget (sic).”

Simone Tonkin had to undergo an emergency caesarean when baby Nixon became stuck in the birthing canal. Picture AAP
Simone Tonkin had to undergo an emergency caesarean when baby Nixon became stuck in the birthing canal. Picture AAP

Ms Valentine hoped the intensely poignant image would reveal a little about the "gentle souled" father who "works endlessly at his family business".

“We are doing this for a gorgeous family who need a hand,” she wrote.