Claire Wineland, YouTuber Who Chronicled Battle With Cystic Fibrosis, Dies at 21


After battling the illness her whole life, in August she underwent a successful double lung transplant, but she suffered a stroke shortly after and never recovered.

Claire Wineland, 21, became renowned for her posts about illness and mortality on social media.

"Everyone is always surprised that we go to school, too, and live normal human lives".

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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.

As Wineland recounted in a 2017 TEDx Talk, a routine surgery led to a blood infection when she was 13.

Claire's Place Foundation, Founder, Claire Wineland, Dream Foundation CEO, Kisa Heyer and Jim Mills, husband of Dream Foundation Dreamer, Leeanne Mills attend the Dream Foundation's 2017 Dreamland Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta, Calif., on November 18, 2017.

She later implored viewers to enjoy their lives. There are several ways to treat the disease, among them a double-lung transplant, which can add years to a patient's life. "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. "The years of telling myself I can do it on my own are over".

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"The quality of our life is not determined by whether we are healthy or sick but by what we have to offer to the world around us", her bio on the Claire's Place Foundation website read.

Wineland spent a quarter of her life in the hospital.

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

"Claire was able to save the life of two people, her right kidney was transplanted to a 44-year-old woman in San Diego, and her left kidney was transplanted to a 55-year-old male in Northern California", a family services specialist told Wineland's family in an email as reported by People. For me, at least, the point of sharing everything I'm going through isn't to make you all feel as if your lives are not as equally insane as mine is.

Wineland also liked to focus on the aspects of her life that did not involve her illness. "All these messy and gross emotions", she said.

"I started sobbing when I saw they were all $5, $10 donations", she said. "For me transplant is about what it means to choose to live". In June, she said she was seeking a lung transplant.

The bodies of Claire was given for transplantation to those in need. They had been on the receiving end of that call just one short week ago.