Ben Breedlove was born with an extremely rare and incurable heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is when the heart muscle becomes thickened, and that makes it hard for the heart to pump blood around the body. Ben’s parents, Shawn and Deanne Breedlove, were not willing to wallow in self-pity, they instead chose to live each day they had with Ben to its fullest.
They were not going to let his life be any different despite his life-threatening condition. Throughout the years, Ben suffered three cardiac arrests and would tell his parents after each one that he had seen visions of heaven.
Ben said he remembered seeing bright lights and angels. He also felt a sense of overwhelming sense of peace.
On Christmas Day 2011, Ben had his fourth cardiac arrest and died, he was only 18. Ben had a blog and posted videos throughout the years and had quite a following. The news of his death circulated the globe, and approximately 1,400 people were at his funeral.
Some estimates claim that another 11,000 people watched online. One week before his death, Ben had posted his last video and at the funeral, the people were asking his parents what they had thought of it. But, his parents hadn’t seen it. They went home that evening and watched.
In the video, Ben shared his vision of heaven and had been viewed millions of times.