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#7 A Trip To The Hospital

006-7-a-trip-to-the-hospital-697324Because 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

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007-6-back-to-the-hospital-697367After spending a few days at home, Leland’s condition rapidly declined. Tim and Amber loaded him in their car and headed to the hospital once again. It was at Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children where he was diagnosed with Balamuthia Mandrillaris, a rare type of brain infection that can be caused by exposure to infected dirt. The Shoemake family held onto hope, but things were looking more grim by the day.
#5 Getting Sicker

008-5-getting-sicker-697369After 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.

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#4 Holding Onto Memories

009-4-holding-onto-memories-697418As 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.

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#3 A Life Cut Short

010-3-a-life-cut-short-697373On 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…

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