Losing a child is one of greatest tragedies that anyone can go through. No parent, even of a sick child, expects their baby to die before them. But imagine believing that your child was the epitome of health one day and then realizing that you couldn’t have been more wrong.

Fifty-four-year-old Elaine Walsh is a mother who recently lost her only child, 23-year-old Patrick, and she has decided to show the world the very last text message she received from the university graduate after he unexpectedly died from what he thought was “man flu”.

Her son was a college graduate from Teignmouth, Devon, and he was living and working as an account manager in Silicon Valley in California – a reality that he thought he would only ever dream of. Unfortunately, this dream didn’t last long.

He died in his bed after suffering from a cardiac arrest. Just hours before, he sent his mother a message which read, “having the flu and going to work really took it out of” him. “As long as you are okay,” she replied, not knowing that this message exchange would be their last.

Patrick’s loved ones were shocked at the news because there had been no evidence to suggest that his health was failing him. In fact, he worked out regularly so he was much fitter than most men his age and generally maintained a healthy diet.

However, in January 2017, Elaine became worried when her son stopped replying to her messages. She knew something was wrong but had no idea what. She soon decided that the best course of action to take was to ring her ex-husband, John Walsh, who also lived in the US.