A video uploaded to the Internet by a terminally ill 17-year-old has been watched by more than a million people around the world. Australian Shaun Wilson-Miller's film was originally intended to tell his friends he was dying, after his body rejected a second heart transplant, but a glitch uploaded the video to YouTube instead. ITN's Damon Green reports.
Australia teenager Shaun Wilson-Miller died Saturday, just weeks after posting his emotional "My Final Goodbye" message that went viral on YouTube.
In the 17-year-old's video, intended for family and friends but seen by 1.9 million people by Sunday morning, the Melbourne schoolboy revealed he was suffering chronic heart rejection after his second transplant and that there could not be a third.
"I won't be here for as long as I thought,'' he said in the video.
"This has been an awesome ride. I have no regrets,” he said. “Live life to the fullest because you never know what's going to happen.''
Dad Cameron Miller said his son's positive outlook had never faltered, with Shaun giving him constant hugs in recent days, the Herald Sun reported Sunday.
"He passed peacefully with me holding his hand; that is something the family will hold with us,'' he told the Herald Sun.
Tributes immediately began flowing in from around the world and from his beloved Essendon Football Club, the newspaper said.
Shaun Wilson-Miller, as seen in his YouTube video, "My Final Goodbye."
He had also found love with a fellow heart patient, the Herald Sun reported.
Shaun had sighed: "The hardest thing for me is leaving her, knowing that I won't get to marry her. To have kids together. To grow old together. That is what makes me sad.''
He recently filmed a guest appearance on the Australian TV show “The Neighbors” and met Essendon captain Jobe Watson.
Condolences message on his parents Facebook pages include, "You showed so much courage for so long,'' ninemsn TV reported. "Fly high sweet angel."
A June 15 fundraiser Shaun was planning for Heartkids has now been turned into a tribute for the teen, ninemsn reported.
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