Along with her husband Jonathan, Ruth had set up a Facebook page entitled ‘Nolan Strong’ to document her son’s battle with cancer. She updated the page earlier this week to share the unbelievable miracle she witnessed before Nolan’s tragic passing:
“(At about) 9:00pm we were watching YouTube in bed (Peppa Pig actually) and I asked Nolan if I could get in the shower, as I was not allowed to leave him and Mommy had to be touching him at all times. He said "Ummmm ok Mommy. Have Uncle Chris come sit with me and I'll turn this way so I can see you". I stood at the bathroom door, turned to him and said "Keep looking right here Poot, I'll be out in two seconds". He smiled at me. I shut the bathroom door. They said the moment the bathroom door clicked he shut his eyes and went into a deep sleep, beginning the end of life passing.
"When I opened the bathroom door, his Team was surrounding his bed and every head turned and looked at me with tears in their eyes. They said "Ruth, he's in a deep sleep. He can't feel anything". His respirations were extremely laboured, his right lung had collapsed and his oxygen dropped.
"I ran and jumped into bed with him and put my hand on the right side of his face. Then a miracle that I will never forget happened....
"My angel took a breath, opened his eyes, smiled at me and said "I Love You Mommy", turned his head towards me and at 11:54 pm Sgt. Rollin Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing "You are My Sunshine" in his ear.”
Along with the lengthy, heartfelt post, Ruth re-shared an image that went viral of Nolan in the months leading up to his passing. In the image, Nolan can be seen lying on the bathroom floor, watching on as his mother takes a shower because he was “too terrified” to leave her side.
In the emotional post, Ruth goes on to explain that since Nolan’s death: “I'm the one terrified to shower. With nothing but an empty shower rug now where once a beautiful perfect little boy laid waiting for his Mommy.”
You can donate to Nolan's memorial fund by visiting the GoFundMe page set up by his parents.
This article was first published by Marie Claire.