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6-Year-Old Son Passes Away. When Parents Return From Hospital, They Find This Note He Left For Them

Written by Beatriz Sanchez
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Leland Shoemake, 6, was being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for an amoebic infection in his brain when he died with his parents at his bedside. When the parents finally returned home to get Leland’s clothes to be buried in, they found a letter that confirmed just how special their child was.

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The letter read: ‘Still with you. Thank you mom and dad.’ ‘We were in shock and broke down as soon as we saw it,’ Amber, the mom, told ABC News. ‘He was amazing in life and still is after his passing. He touched everyone he met and we are amazed at how many lives he’s touched since he left us.’

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After finding the letter, Amber shared the story on her Facebook page, writing: ‘This is Amber. This will be my only post on here for a while. I was overprotective 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.’

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Leland had been sick for nearly a month after contracting the amoeba. Doctors and family believe he got it while playing outside. ‘My whole life this has been my only fear. No one should ever have to bury a child. I always said I hope it’s me that goes first bc [sic] I don't think I'm strong enough to handle something like this. It still doesn’t seem real to me,’ she wrote.

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After finding the letter, Amber shared the story on her Facebook page, writing: ‘This is Amber. This will be my only post on here for a while. I was overprotective 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.’

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Leland had been sick for nearly a month after contracting the amoeba. Doctors and family believe he got it while playing outside. ‘My whole life this has been my only fear. No one should ever have to bury a child. I always said I hope it’s me that goes first bc [sic] I don't think I'm strong enough to handle something like this. It still doesn’t seem real to me,’ she wrote.

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