Benjamin Daniel Breedlove

Ben was born August 8, 1993. He lived in Austin Texas with his loving family. He was a senior at Westlake High School. At a young age Ben was diagnosed with hypertrophic cariomyopathy (HCM). This is a disease witch makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood and ultimately leading to cardiac issues. Ben was told he would not live past his teen years. Ben released a youtube video that he titled “This is my story” where he explained to everyone using note cards about his heart condition and the impact it had on his life. In the video he mentions 3 near death experiences. He talks about seeing a bright light, feeling at peace and being dressed in white while standing by his favorite rapper.
On May 3, 2009 Ben underwent surgery to insert a peacemaker to help regulate his heart beat. He shows us the scar on his chest from his surgery. He ends his video by asking “Do you believe in Angels or God?” and answers “I DO.”
On December 25, 201, at the age of 18, Ben died from cardiac arrest at his home surrounded by his friends and family. Ben was rushed to the hospital where attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Ben’s funeral was held on December 29, 2011. At the request of his father the memorial service was streamed line on the KXAN website. More that 1400 people attended the service and 11,000 watched online.
Lisa Salberg, founder and CEO of HCMA, and Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Congressmen, worked together in drafting the Cardiomyopathay Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assesment, and Training, (HEARTs) act. The HEARTs Act mandates raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in the schools and childcare centers and requires better prevention measures that will save young people’s lives. It requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to coordinate with the Center of Disease Control as well as patient advocacy and health professional organizations to develop and distribute materials about SCA. It also requires guidelines regarding the placement of life saving automated external defibrillator in schools and information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR training. The bill was passed in Jan of 2012.

 

Breedlove created the popular OurAdvice4You channel on YouTube in November 2010 with Justin Miller and Megan Parken. He would give out relationship advice to his viewers and interview family members and friends. On May 23, 2011, he launched his second channel, BreedloveTV, a companion channel to his first, where he would answer questions about dating, relationships and advice.

As of 7 January 2012, OurAdvice4You has a total of 38 videos, and more than 65,000 subscribers, and BreedloveTV has 17 videos and over 30,000 subscribers.

A third channel was created by Breedlove on December 18, 2011, entitled TotalRandomness512. This channel is the host of the two-part video, "This is my story", which has since become viral. As of 7 January 2012 both videos have a total of 9.5 million views.

 

 

Ben's Videos

part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvsz0A0NgaY&feature=related

part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt2Cq9Bq-kg&feature=related

 

Wikipedia.org
Benjamin Daniel Breedlove (August 8, 1993 – December 25, 2011)[2] was an American Internet personality from Austin, Texas, known for his vlogs on YouTube.[2][3] On the night of December 25, 2011, he died of cardiac arrest at the age of 18.[2][4]

Contents [hide]
1 Personal life
2 YouTube
3 Heart condition
3.1 "This is my story"
4 Death and aftermath
5 References
6 External links

[edit] Personal lifeBreedlove grew up in Austin, Texas, where he was a senior at Westlake High School. He lived with his parents and two siblings.[1][4] In 2010, he began making video blogs on YouTube, in which he dealt out relationship advice to his peers.[4]

[edit] YouTubeBreedlove created the popular OurAdvice4You channel on YouTube in November 2010 with Justin Miller and Megan Parken.[2][3][5] He would give out relationship advice to his viewers and interview family members and friends. On May 23, 2011, he launched his second channel, BreedloveTV, a companion channel to his first, where he would answer questions about dating, relationships and advice.[2]

As of 7 January 2012 (2012 -01-07)[update], OurAdvice4You has a total of 38 videos, and more than 65,000 subscribers, and BreedloveTV has 17 videos and over 30,000 subscribers.

A third channel was created by Breedlove on December 18, 2011, entitled TotalRandomness512. This channel is the host of the two-part video, "This is my story", which has since become viral. As of 7 January 2012 (2012 -01-07)[update] both videos have a total of 9.5 million views.[2]

[edit] Heart conditionAt an early age, Breedlove had been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a muscle heart disease which made it difficult for his heart to pump blood, ultimately leading to cardiac issues. His doctor believed that Breedlove would not survive past his early teenage years.[1]

[edit] "This is my story"On December 18, 2011, Breedlove released a 2-part video on YouTube, entitled "This is my story." Using note cards, he explained about his heart condition, as well as the impact it had on his life. He also mentioned three near-death experiences.[6]

"I was at school, walking in the hall. I could tell I was going to faint, so I sat on a bench. I passed out. The next thing I know, I woke up with EMS around me. I couldn't talk or move, I could only watch what they were doing. They put the shock pads on my chest. I heard one of them say 'They are ready'. And the other guy said 'Go!'. I passed out again. My heart stopped and I wasn't breathing for 3 minutes."

Breedlove on the third time he "cheated death".[7]In the video, Breedlove describes the first time he "cheated" death, which was at the age of 4 when he had a life-threatening seizure.[6] He goes on to describe an experience he had in a hospital while being wheeled on a stretcher, "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."[2][4][7]

On May 3, 2009, Breedlove underwent surgery to insert a pacemaker.[2] The pacemaker helped regulate his heart beat and gave him more energy.[1] In the video he shows a red scar on his chest, where the pacemaker had been inserted.[7]

In the summer of 2011, Breedlove fell into his second cardiac arrest, while in the hospital for a routine tonsillectomy. He stated that, "It was a miracle that they brought me back ... I was scared to die, but am SO glad I didn't."[2]

The third time Breedlove survived death was on December 6, 2011. While in the hall at Westlake High School, he felt that he was going to faint, so he sat down on a bench where he then passed out. The next thing he recollects is being surrounded by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, and that he was unable to speak or move. He remembers passing out a second time after being resuscitated with a "shock pad". During this time his heart ceased pumping blood for three minutes.[7][8] While unconscious, Breedlove had a feeling of comfort similar to that of his first near-death experience. He recalls being dressed up in a white suit while standing alongside his favorite rap artist, Kid Cudi, in a white room.[7] He asks at the end of the video, " Do you believe in Angels or God?" and simply answers, "I Do."[9]

[edit] Death and aftermathBreedlove died from cardiac arrest on the night of Christmas Day, 2011, at his parents' home where family and friends were gathering for Christmas dinner.[4] Paramedics rushed him to the hospital but were unable to resuscitate him.[2]

News of his death made world coverage on December 27, his story first appearing on the Nine Network's Ninemsn[5] before coverage spread out through the world on other major media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times,[7] American Broadcasting Company,[2] CBS News,[10] MSNBC,[8] Fox News,[11] MTV,[12] Daily Mail,[4] Independent,[13] Herald Sun,[14] Washington Post[15], People Magazine[16], and The Wall Street Journal [17].

On December 29, Breedlove's funeral was held at the Gateway Church, in Austin, Texas. The memorial service was streamed live on the KXAN website, at his father's request. More than 1,400 people attended the service, and another 11,000 watched online.[18][19] A day after Breedlove's death, Kid Cudi said in reaction, "This has really touched my heart in a way I can't describe, this is why I do what I do."[20]

On January 5, 2012, the HCMA (Hypertrohpic Cardiomyopathy Association) announced that they mourn the death of Breedlove and are encouraging their members to "tell their stories the same way as Ben." Lisa Salberg, founder and CEO of HCMA, along with New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. had worked together in drafting the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assesment, and Training in the Schools (HEARTs) act. The Bill was introduced this month to Congress. "The HEARTs Act mandates raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in schools and childcare centers and requires better prevention measures that will save young people's lives. It requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control as well as patient advocacy and health professional organizations to develop and distribute materials about SCA. Also, it requires guidelines regarding the placement of life-saving automated external defibrillator in schools and information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR training."[21]

Salberg cited Ben Breedlove and others like him as the reason they will "lobby hard for the passage" of the HEARTs Act. The HCMA have agreed to create a special design bracelet for awareness of the disease. Students at Ben's High school, Westlake High, have had input into the design.[22]

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