Inspirational YouTuber Claire Wineland Dead Following Lung Transplant

Leslie Hanson
September 5, 2018

A young social media star who inspired legions of fans with her optimism despite a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis has died at 21-a week after receiving a new set of lungs in a transplant, reports People. Her family chose to take her off life support after a week of intensive care and various procedures. Claire Wineland suffered a stroke soon after the August 26 transplant, and her family took her off life support Sunday.

"She was surrounded by love and with her mother Melissa Yeager and father John Wineland; they saw her into this world for her first breath and were with her for her last", chairman of the board of the Claire's Place Foundation Laura McHolm wrote in a Facebook post. "She [Claire] was not in any pain and the medical staff said it was the most peaceful passing they had ever witnessed", Claire's foundation, Claire's Place, confirmed via Facebook on September 3. Among her many words of wisdom, Wineland once said, "Beauty is found everywhere and once you stop trying to run from your life, once you start taking pride in it and learning how to give back, you will be completely free". There are several ways to treat the disease, among them a double-lung transplant, which can add years to a patient's life.

Using social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram, Wineland spoke frankly about her painful treatments, long hospital stays - and always being aware of the specter of death. That year, she also gave a TEDx speech about her illness.

Wineland's family asks that anyone who wants to honor Claire's memory donate to her foundation, which will continue to assist people around the world who are impacted by cystic fibrosis.

Wineland herself said ahead of the surgery that "Death is inevitable, but living a life we are proud of is something we can control".

"It hurts everything inside of me to make this video".

"When you're talking to someone who has a disability or has an illness, expect that they live lives like yours", Wineland explained in a January 2015 video titled "Tips for Interacting with a Sick Person". The progressive disease creates too much mucus, trapping infections in the body and blocking the airways in the lungs.

But earlier this year, she had a change of heart, and finally was put on the transplant list in May.

Wineland gained popularity for her videos, where she candidly discussed the hardest parts of CF, often with humor and a smile. "It's a GO!" she tweeted to her followers. "That we got to $200,000 with $10 donations, is just mind boggling!"

According to the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, more than 70,000 people suffer from the condition worldwide. The median survival age is 40.

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