#7 A Trip To The Hospital
Because Leland was so sick, his mom and dad took him to their local emergency room. He was admitted and treated for meningitis, and was actually discharged home a few days later. He even seemed to get better for awhile! Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the family’s struggles…
#6 Back To The Hospital
#5 Getting Sicker
After running some tests to confirm Leland’s diagnosis of Balamuthia Mandrillaris, the little boy underwent extensive treatment. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this type of brain infection, so much of the doctor’s care focused on keeping him comfortable. Before too long, he slipped into a coma.
#4 Holding Onto Memories
As Leland got sicker and sicker, it became clear that he was never going to get better. So, Tim and Amber held on even tighter to the memories they had with him. Tim said, “It’s so hard to prepare for something inevitable like that.” We’re sure that must be true.
#3 A Life Cut Short
On September 25, 2015, Leland Shoemake lost his battle. He had been bravely battling his brain infection for almost a month, but his illness ended up being stronger than he was. His parents were absolutely heartbroken, but what they found next would give them a bit of the comfort they needed to keep going…