Claire Wineland, the American social media star who was known for her posts about living with cystic fibrosis, has died aged 21. The news comes just a week after she had a successful double lung transplant.
Born in Austin, Texas in 1997, at 13 her lungs failed. Claire was placed into a medically-induced coma, and was given a 1% chance of survival. It was this event that inspired her to found the Claire’s Place Foundation – she noted that many charitable organisations in America are concerned with curing cystic fibrosis, but few are there to help and support families emotionally and financially through the process.
She was also known for her work on The Clarity Project, a series of vlogs which she hoped would educated people on chronic illness, and change the way people view it. Claire tackled the subject with clarity, humour, and truth, and brought these properties to her book, Every Breath I Take: Surviving and Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis, and her TEDx talks.
Claire underwent a double lung transplant on August 26, and while the surgery was a success, she had a stroke and was put on life support. Claire was taken off life support on September 2, and died peacefully in her sleep.
The Foundation statement, posted late last night, read: “Last night at 6:00pm, Claire Wineland our inspirational founder passed away. She was not in any pain and the medical staff said it was the most peaceful passing they had ever witnessed.
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.
In Claire fashion, she is an organ donor. Claire’s remarkable family were so happy for the other families that were now getting the calls that the organ they had long been waiting for was now available for transplant. They had been on the receiving end of that call just one short week ago.
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. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your massive amazing out pouring of love.”
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