Ben Breedlove was a teenager from Austin, Texas with a serious heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopath. At four he had a serious seizure and after he had two heart attacks. He lived through all three. On December 18, Ben posted a two part YouTube video where he told his story using note cards. Just one week after posting the videos, on Christmas Day, Ben had another heart attack and died. It’s an amazing and inspiring story of a kid who wanted to live, but also found peace whenever he neared death through some visions/dreams.
Below I have posted both videos for you to view. In addition, I have transcribed the entire video and posted the text of what he said below the videos. Ben sounds like an amazing person and hopefully he inspires others to live life to the fullest. Ben, if you see this from that peaceful place… thank you for sharing your story…
This is My Story – Part 1
This is My Story – Part 2
Text of What Was Said on Each Card…
Hello, I’m Ben Breedlove.
All my life, I’ve had a heart condition.
(HCM) short for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
It is a very serious and dangerous condition.
As I grew older I learned more that it is dangerous.
It has scared me a lot, and I hate that feeling.
I was never allowed to play all the sports that my friends did.
It kinda sucks that I missed out on that part of my life.
I really just hoped that I could be the same as everyone else.
But that is one thing that I learned to live with and accept.
The first time I cheated death was when I was 4.
I had a life threatening seizure. Scary right?
My blood sugar dropped to 14.
I don’t remember too much from that day.
Except one thing that I will never forget.
I was being wheeled down this hall on a stretcher.
The two nurses that were pushing it, and my mom running along side.
There was this bright light above me…
I couldn’t make out what it 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.
And kept smiling…
I can’t even describe the peace, how peaceful it was.
I will NEVER forget that feeling or that day.
After that, things were good for a few years.. 🙂
Until around 2007 when my heart gave me trouble again.
Doctors decided we needed to do something about it.
May 3, 2009 I had surgery to implant a pacemaker/defibrillator
(shows scar to camera)
That was a big deal for me, but I had no choice.
At that moment is when my heart problem gave me a bigger burden.
I was pretty sad, 🙁
Summer of 2011. Second time I cheated death.
Went into surgery for my tonsils.
An everyday normal surgery for doctors to perform.
My mom and sis were waiting in the waiting room.
And a chaplain walked in and said, “we need to pray.”
“Your son just went into cardiac arrest, and they are trying to shock him back.”
It was a miracle that they brought me back.
I was scared to die, but am SO glad I didn’t.
After this I tried so hard to just forget about it and not worry.
About 2 weeks ago, December 6, 2011
Was the third time I cheated DEATH.
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 said “Go!” I passed out again.
My heart stopped and I wasn’t breathing for 3 MINUTES.
When peoples bodies “Die” the brain still works for a short time.
I heard them say, “He’s not breathing, his heart is stopped and he has no pulse.”
I really thought to myself, this is it. I’m dying.
The next thing that happened, I’m not sure if it was a dream, or vision.
But while I was still unconscious, I was in this white room.
No walls. It just went on and on…
There was no sound. But that same peaceful feeling I had when I was 4.
I was wearing a really nice suit, and so was my fav rapper, Kid Cudi.
Why he was the only one there with me, I’m still trying to figure out.
But I was looking at myself in this mirror that was in front on me.
The first thing I thought was Damn, we look Good!
I had that same feeling. I couldn’t stop smiling.
I then looked at myself in the mirror. I was proud of MYSELF.
Of my entire life, everything I have done.
It was the BEST feeling.
Kid Cudi brought me to a glass desk and put his hand on my shoulder.
Right then, my favorite song of his came on, Mr. Rager.
The part where it said, “When will the fantasy END…
When will the heaven BEGIN?”
And he said, “Go now.”
Right then, I woke up and the EMS were doing CPR.
I didn’t want to leave that place.
I wish I NEVER woke up.
Do you believe in Angels or God?
Questions and Answers:
Q: What song plays during the videos?
A: “Mad World” ~ Gary Jules (iTunes Link)
Q: Does Ben Breedlove have a sister?
A: Yes he does have a slightly older sister. Ally is her name. Here is a YouTube video of her giving relationship advice. Ben is asking the questions.
Q: What high school was Ben attending?
A: Ben Breedlove was a student at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.
Q: Did Ben have a Twitter account?
A: Yes, it is located here.
Q: What was Kid Cudi’s response to these videos?
A: Kid Cudi has issued the following letter/note:
I am so sad about Ben Breedlove. I watched the video he left for the world to see, and him seeing me in detail, in his vision really warmed my heart. I broke down, I am to tears because I hate how life is so unfair. This has really touched my heart in a way I cant describe, this is why I do what I do. Why I write my life, and why I love you all so much. Life is really f***ed up sometimes, but I know Ben is at Peace, and I hope he gets a chance to sit and talk with my Dad. We love you Ben. Forever. Thank you for loving me. To Ben’s family, you raised a real hero, he’s definately mine. You have my love.