Leland Shoemake died last Friday after a month-long battle with an amebic infection. The six-year-old boy left behind a touching note that his parents did not find until after his death. The Atlanta, Georgia boy contracted balamuthia mandrillaris, a rare type of infection caused by a free-living ameba. His condition deteriorated even though he had been given an experimental drug by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leland lost his battle with the disease on Sept. 25, according to People on Wednesday.
When Amber and Tim Shoemake returned home from the hospital after their son’s death, they found a note for them on a table in their living room. The note was written with a red maker and read, “Still with you. Thank you mom and dad. Love.” Amber posted the note on her Facebook page on Monday.
The grieving mother also shared some emotional details about her beloved son. She said he loved playing in the dirt. It’s ironic that the thing he loved to do was the one thing that caused his death. The mother shared that her son’s favorite movie was “Jaws.” His favorite director was Steven Spielberg, and his favorite actor was Adam Sandler. He loved his brother and his family very much. Amber pointed out on her Facebook page that Leland’s note didn’t say, “Good-bye.” Instead, he said, “Good day.”
Leland’s mom said she and Leland’s father have no idea when Leland wrote the note to them, but they broke down when they read the note left by the first-grader. The note has brought much comfort to the grieving parents.