With his angelic looks and cheeky smile, little Jacob Jenkins was instantly taken to the hearts of the people of Hartlepool.
And the support his family has received since the tragedy has left them “overwhelmed.”
Jacob’s mum Abigail Wilson said: “The support has been overwhelming. We just can’t thank everyone enough for keeping him in their thoughts.
“If prayers could have saved him, he would have lived forever.”
Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to the little boy who touched their hearts at his funeral.
A memorial bench will be placed at the graveside where Jacob has been laid to rest alongside his grandmother, Abigail’s mum, Melanie, who died aged 44 of breast cancer when Abigail was just 10 years old.
Abigail added: “Jacob was such a special little boy and it hurts to talk about him.
“He was cheeky little boy, who was really coming into his own character.
“It is so hard without him, as we always spent our time together, swimming, football on a Friday and going to play groups, and now I have nothing.
“It is so hard for both of us – sometimes we just sit in silence as we don’t know what to say to each other.
“Lola, Jacob’s dog who grew up with him, is missing him. She was in his room looking for him the other day – it was heartbreaking.
“People have been so kind and they want to do so much to help us – but all we want is Jacob back with us.
“It is hard to imagine a future without him but we are going to carry on and take each day as it comes and do what we had planned, as we are determined to make Jacob proud of us.”
A fund originally set up to help with Jacob’s care is still continuing to raise funds in his memory.
The Go-Fund me page currently stands at just over £20,000.
Abigail said: “The fund was originally to help pay for Jacob’s care if he recovered.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s support and donations and we will be taking our time deciding where it should go.
“But we just want everyone to know that it will be put to good use, either being donated to charities in Jacob’s memory or to fund something like a holiday home for other bereaved families.”