Teen's pre-death goodbye video goes viral
A Texas teen's videos created just days before he died on Christmas Eve have gone viral online, as millions tune in to see the touching messages he left for the world.
The first video, posted Dec. 18, has gained almost 2.7 million views on YouTube (at the time of writing this). The second of the two-video post has more than 1.9 million views.
Breedlove has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. For those who don't speak medicine, it's a condition where half of the heart's muscles are stronger than the other side.
What makes the video so moving is the way he shares his message - sitting silently in a room, holding up cue cards without saying anything.
The teen says he's escaped death three times, when his heart would fail and Breedlove would be close to dying.
In one part of the video, he holds up some cards that reveal his first flirtation with death at the age of 4.
"There was this big bright light above me. I couldn't make out what is was because it was so bright. I told my mom, 'Look at the bright light' and pointed up. She said she didn't see anything. There were no lights on in this hall. I couldn't take my eyes off it. And I couldn't help but smile. I had no worries at all, like nothing else in the world mattered."
Ben ended up dying from a heart attack.
According to ABC, family friends were on their way to his family home when they saw emergency vehicles passing by. At the Breedlove home, paramedics were trying frantically to save his life but the teen was pronounced dead in hospital.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets