A heartbroken mum says she is "totally lost" after her toddler died following a brave battle with sepsis.
Lucy Shields paid tribute to little boy Roman who spent his short life fighting off infections and going through treatment, before passing away aged two-and-a-half.
She said the tot developed a water infection which she believes his body no longer had the strength to fight off.
Roman died at home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on April 13, reports ChronicleLive.
Lucy, 36, said: "He had so much strength but I think his little body just gave up. I think he thought 'I've gave you two-and-a-half years Mam, now it's your time'.
"Now my life is empty and I have to go on living each day without him. I'm totally lost without him.
Roman's funeral procession included a horse and cart
"It breaks my heart and I just miss him so much. He wasn't just my son, he was my best friend, my sidekick, my everything."
Roman was diagnosed with sepsis at just three weeks old.
Lucy's dad Richard took him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with what she believed was colic.
But doctors rushed Roman to intensive care after diagnosing the youngster with the life-threatening condition and he remained on life support for almost a month.
The infection caused Roman brain damage and he was left unable to walk or feed himself, which required him to be fed through a tube.
Roman died aged just two after a long battle with sepsis
He was then diagnosed with epilepsy, as well as a number of other medical conditions and was regularly receiving treatment at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Lucy said a do not resuscitate (DNR) order was put in place late last year and despite being critically ill, Roman still managed to spend his final Christmas at home with his family.
The mum-of-three previously said: "I don't know where Roman gets the strength from, he's just so bubbly. He tries to babble on and he's such a happy baby. But when he's poorly he gets sick very quickly."
He was treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle
Speaking on Wednesday, Lucy told of how she never expected to lose her son when she did.
"It was so awful because I just wasn't expecting it to happen that day, you could have knocked me down with a feather.
"It's like I've said before, everyday was like living on egg shells because you just didn't know what was going to happen from one day to the next."
She added: "It's so hard because I realise he's never coming back. I looked after him for 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and now I don't know what to do anymore and I struggle to get out of bed.
"I'm used to doing his catheter and his meds for him and now my house is just empty."
Lucy explained that Roman had "the best" send off she could have asked for at Saltwell Cemetery on April 26.
She said: "He had the best send off. I gave him a horse and carriage and the flowers were amazing.
"Nurses from Ward 1b at the RVI were there to show their respects because he was special to them as well. He had an amazing turn out, his flowers were absolutely beautiful and his horses were amazing, they all had rainbows on."
Lucy she has been visiting Roman's grave every day as she misses him so much.
She added that she finds comfort in seeing that family and friends have been along to pay their respects to her little boy and although there is no headstone at the moment, the floral tributes at his graveside still make his resting place look beautiful.