By: Alex Frumkin, Grade 7
Ben Breedlove was a teen from Austin, Texas. On December 18, 2011, he posted a two-part video on his life. In the videos, he stated that he “cheated death” three times. The 1st time was when he was 4 years old! He was wheeled on a stretcher. He remembered looking at the ceiling and seeing a peaceful, heavenly light. He told his mom about it, but she said there was no light. On May 3, 2009, he got surgery to insert a pacemaker. The 2nd time he cheated death was in the summer of 2011. He had a cardiac arrest in the middle of a routine tonsillectomy (removing of tonsils). He was very scared to die, but luckily he didn’t. The 3rd time he cheated death was on December 6, 2011. Breedlove fainted in his high school hallway. When he woke up, Emergency Medical Services surrounded him. They tried to resuscitate him with a shock pad. He then passed out a second time. While he was unconscious, he had a dream where he was in a white room. He and his favorite rapper, Kid Cudi, were wearing suits. Kid Cudi’s song, Mr. Rager, played in the background. This made him feel happy and peaceful, just like the “light.” He never wanted to wake up. Before he woke up, his heart stopped pumping blood for 3 minutes. On December 25, 2011 (Christmas), he had a cardiac arrest in his home while his family and friends were gathered for Christmas dinner. Paramedics rushed in several minutes later. However, they were unable to resuscitate him. His funeral was held on December 29, 2011. About 1,500 people attended, including family, friends, and fans of his video. Another 11,000 people watched it online because it was broadcasted live on KXAN, a NBC-affiliated TV station in Austin, Texas. A day later, Kid Cudi said, in reaction to the funeral, "This has really touched my heart in a way I can't describe, this is why I do what I do." This was a very sad, heartfelt story and I hope that you have sympathy for 18-year old Ben Breedlove.
Thank you for reading this! I hope you had a good winter break!