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IN People ON 21 Aug, 2016
6-year-old Leland Shoemake from Georgia fell critically ill a month ago and was admitted to the hospital. He was suffering from a rare brain infection. Unfortunately, Leland left his body on Friday.
But the wonder is, when his parents returned home from the hospital, they spotted a heartbreaking letter on the table. It was a "goodbye" note from their loving son. His parents have started funding for Leland's funeral and other medical costs through a page called GoFundMe.
Leland's parents kept uploading his pictures on Facebook with the texts to inform about his condition while he was in the hospital.
He was suffering from a rare brain infection caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris. His mother kept updated about his condition while he was in the hospital: 'He has had bad headaches, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and now his eyes are crossed and he can't focus on anything without his eyes moving and seeing double. The thing we ask for most is prayers for fast healing, smart doctors, less pain, and no long-term effects.'
Mrs Shoemake dropped her pain on Facebook like this: 'When Tim and I came home for the first time to get him clothes to be buried in, this is the note we found from him on the table in the living room. We have no idea when he wrote it but you can tell he was always a special child. 'We will love you forever Leland. Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!' 'The one thing he loved most was playing in the dirt, I never imagined that would be the thing that would take him from me. 'He was my world. He made me a mother. We struggled so hard to have him. He was a preemie baby but came out screaming and healthy. No one should ever have to bury a child. I always said I hope it's me that goes first (because) I don't think I'm strong enough to handle something like this. It still doesn't seem real to me.'
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