Heartbroken parents find goodbye note from six-year-old son after his death
A six-year-old boy who died from a rare brain infection left behind a note for his parents telling them how much he loved them.
Little Leland Shoemake died after he contracted balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoebic infection which is found in soil.
His devastated parents Tim and Amber found a note from him when they returned to their home in Georgia, US, to retrieve burial clothes for their son .
The touching note, written in red marker, was on the living room table.
"Still with you," it read in Leland’s handwriting. "Thank you mom & dad. Love"
Little Leland died on Friday, and Amber said they found the note during their first trip home since Leland's hospitalisation.
Writing on a Facebook page called Prayers for Leland his mother said: "I was over protective of Leland and tried my best to keep him safe. 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 loved his brother and his family so much. He was the life of every party. His smile could light up a city. He was the light of our life and the centre of this family."
Amber wrote about her struggle to have Leland, explaining that he was a premature baby but he "came out screaming and healthy."
"He was smart from day one," she added while describing his short life with all of his hobbies and adventures.
My whole life this has been my only fear and it came true. 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," she wrote.
"We will love you forever Leland. Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!"