YouTuber, activist Claire Wineland dies one week after lung transplant

Alicia Farmer
September 5, 2018

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Claire Wineland has sadly died at the young age of 21.

Words of love and gratitude have filled social media since Wineland's passing, and those she has helped and encouraged will not soon forget her.

She had a popular YouTube channel, gave public speeches, and made appearances on CNN and "The Dr. Oz Show". "The way sick people are captured in media completely ruined any ounce of self confidence I had growing up".

Mortality and life were subjects Wineland liked to explore in her social media posts and videos, although a good number were devoted to other kinds of fun. "I didn't realize how much I didn't expect to live this long", she said. As the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation noted, over 70,000 people have been diagnosed with the disorder around the world. "Go enjoy it, 'cause there are people fighting like hell for it". The mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually, respiratory failure, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's website. The median survival age is 40.

After suffering a massive stroke, Wineland was put on life support, but showed no signs of recovery and passed away on the evening of September 2 with her parents by her side.

She had previously rejected the idea of a double lung transplant, which can add years to the lives of people with the disease.

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"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", the statement continued.

Among those paying tribute on Twitter were fellow YouTubers Shane Dawson, who said his "heart hurts so bad", and Casey Neistat, who called her "truly one of the greats".

The Facebook post went on to reveal that the stroke Wineland suffered was caused by a blood clot, and that after a week of "intensive care and various life saving procedures, it became clear that it was Claire's time to go".

"Last night at 6:00pm, Claire Wineland our inspirational founder passed away", Wineland's foundation, Claire's Place, said in a statement Monday.

"We know Claire was loved all over the world". Your prayers, support and encouraging words, have been a huge source of strength for her and her family.

Wineland herself said ahead of the surgery that "Death is inevitable, but living a life we are proud of is something we can control". She was taken off of life support on Sunday.

In Claire fashion, she is an organ donor.

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