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This is a truly heartbreaking story and definitely worth watching.
Ben Breedlove, 18, recorded two courageously touching videos explaining his heart condition and the few near death experiences that had happened. Coincidentally, these videos were posted by the high-school student one week before he passed away, which happened to be Christmas Day.
Breedlove lived in Austin, texas and suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a disease that makes the blood muscle abnormally thick which in turn makes it rather difficult to pump blood. As he got older, he understood the severity of his disease and was aware that these near death experiences would most likely stop occurring, because unfortunately, he would succumb to his disorder. Bravely, he got in front of the camera and shared his story in two compelling videos:
Kieran Miles inspired me to do this, Thought I would share my story to the rest of the world, watch part two. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4LSEXsvRAI&feature=player_embedded
Kieran Miles inspired me to do this, Just thought I should share my story to the rest of the world, watch part 1 first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmlTHfVaU9o
The young man you see in these videos is inspiring and shares how being different to any degree is difficult for kids to understand and cope with. Regardless of sexual orientation, physical disorders, mental disorders, emotional disorders, race, etc. Breedlove operated two YouTube channels: YouTube channels: Our Advice4You and BreedloveTV and had gained quite a following, around 80,000 subscribers.
“I watched the video he left for the world to see, and him seeing me in detail, in his vision really warmed my heart,” wrote Cudi in a message that received 1,692 notes. “We love you Ben. Forever. Thank you for loving me. To Ben’s family, you raised a real hero, he’s [definitely] mine. You have my love.”
Although I am not religious, I am happy that this young man felt at peace and is happy to know that Angels and God are on his side. For him, this made him feel good about his passing and probably left his parents with the knowledge that he would be okay. They raised a good kid with a serious issue until the age of eighteen. He seemed appreciate and kind-hearted. While he may be gone now, they can forever remember how far he had come and that he was happy with who he was. This is amazing.
- Ben Breedlove: Teen Tells Heartbreaking Story Week Before Death (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ben Breedlove: Video sick teenager made about his life 1 week before he died (dailymail.co.uk)
- YouTube Slam: Weekly video contest launched but has the Internet Got Talent? (dailymail.co.uk)
- YouTube launches video discovery experiment called YouTube Slam (9to5google.com)
- Sick teen posts final video before death (news.ninemsn.com.au)
- Ben Breedlove: Austin Teen of YouTube Fame Dies on Christmas Day [VIDEOS] (ibtimes.com)