An Australia teen passed away shortly after creating a goodbye video on YouTube. Shaun Wilson-Miller, 17, died from chronic heart rejection. His final goodbye video has been viewed more than a million times. In the video, he tells family and friends that his condition has worsened and he would not be around as long as he had hoped. While he holds back tears, he asks that people do not cry for him and encourages everyone to live life to the fullest.
Shaun's family responded to his passing by saying, "We would like to say a big thank you to everybody in Australia who has supported Shaun and been touched by his journeyÂ—Shaun wanted everyone to live life to the full and be positive."
Shaun had been planning a fundraiser for Heart Kids Victoria, and the event will now be honoring his memory. Heart Kids provides support to families dealing with cardiac conditions as well as works to create more awareness about congenital heart disease. Currently, in Australia, four young people die per day from congenital heart disease. Many of young children never get to become an adult.
Although Shaun did not get to grow up and get married, he did get to know what it felt like to be in love. While going through treatment for his condition, he met his girlfriend, a fellow heart patient. In his goodbye YouTube video, he says that he is sad that he will not get to marry her and have children.
Although Shaun and his parents made funeral arrangements while he was still living, the details of those arrangements have not been made public yet. In the meantime, social media sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Pintrest will be busy as people remember Shaun in their own ways.