A terminally ill teenager has been catapulted to Internet stardom after he accidentally posted to YouTube a farewell message. Doctors had told him his body rejected a second heart transplant and that he has only a short time to live.
Shaun Wilson-Miller, 17, of Melbourne Australia, has become an Internet sensation after his goodbye message was posted to YouTube. Radar Online reports that the message was recorded secretly in his bedroom late at night and was only intended for his Facebook friends but after a technical hitch, he uploaded it to YouTube where it attracted 10,000 views in one night.
The video has had 1.3 million views since it was posted on May 1.
Herald Sun reports Wilson-Miller spoke of his heart condition: "If you think of the pipes around my heart as plants, those plants are slowly dying away. They can't just give me another transplant because the pipes around it are too damaged."
Wilson-Miller, in his dying moments, has become a celebrity in his native Australia. His video has featured widely in the Australian media and inspired a rap song. In the final weeks of his life, he has appeared on top Australian shows, including Neighbors, and is writing his memoirs. According to Herald Sun, he also appeared on the Footy Show and met his favorite Australian football player.
He has even found love, what many people living normal lives have searched for fruitlessly. Daily Mail reports that Wilson-Miller's girlfriend is a fellow heart patient with whom he started a relationship three weeks ago, though the two have been friends seven years.
The Huffington Post reports Wilson-Miller said the most difficult part of his experience is knowing he would have to leave his girlfriend. He said: "Yes, it's love. We've been going out for 2 1/2 weeks, but we've been friends for seven years.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."
But very strangely, some people have accused Wilson-Miller of being an attention-seeker. But Herald Sun reports he is not letting the critics get him down. He said: "I just want to have fun. I want to enjoy life."
He continued: "The way I look at it is I didn't get to decide this. These are the cards I've been dealt. I just have to roll with the punches. I have had two heart transplants, had a stent put in, and an aneurysm. I have had 10 more years than I should have because of that. I want to go out with a bang."
The brave teenage, in his three-minute long clip titled "My Final Goodbye," said: "I won't be here as long as I thought, but I want to say that it's been an awesome ride and I have no regrets. Live life to the fullest because you never know what's going to happen."
His father Cameron Miller, says he is proud of his son, but he is devastated by the knowledge that he would soon have to bury him.
Cameron said: "I just pray that it's quick. I don't want him to suffer. No parent should have to bury their child. But he's just loving life and wants us to do the same. He doesn't want us to cry for him. I've become angry with the world, I question why this beautiful person should be taken way from me, from his family and from the world. But he doesn't want me to cry. He needs to know I'm going to be OK."