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Heartbreaking story of a local kid who lived in our old neighborhood in Westlake.
Ben Breedlove was your average teenager — with one huge difference. He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when he was s toddler. Sadly, Ben lost his fight with his bad heart and died of heart attack on Christmas day. He was only 18 years old.
From the KXAN story:
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Ben Breedlove, a West Lake High School student who told the world of his life-threatening heart disease through his own YouTube channel, died on Christmas Day. He was 18.
Many of his more than 60,000 followers sent the videos to several national news outlets, including CNN and the Huffington Post.
In one of his final postings less than a week before his death, Breedlove told his story by flashing hand-written placards.
“The first time I cheated death was when I was 4,” he said on the cards he held. “I had a life-threatening seizure. Scary, right?”
From the comments I’ve read, Ben had a strong faith in God and, hopefully, was not afraid when his time finally came.
Here are the two final videos that Ben posted just last week:
My his young soul rest in peace at last, and may his family find comfort having shared his remarkable life for the time that they did.