Guest Blogger: Bob Pearson
I had the opportunity to get to know Ben via our 15-year-old daughter, Brittany, since they shared a passion for wake boarding and wake surfing on Lake Austin in our hometown of Austin, Texas. Before I knew that Ben had a heart condition, all I knew was that he was well mannered, mature, fun loving and a real pleasure to have on our boat. I remember saying to Brittany that Ben is the kind of boy that parents’ hope will marry their daughter.
It turns out that Ben had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease in which the lower left chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) becomes abnormally thickened and enlarged.
One week before Ben died, he created and uploaded two videos to YouTube (part one and part two) describing how he felt about his condition. Few saw these videos until Christmas. Since then, many people are aware of what happened to Ben Breedlove.
With great awareness we always hope that great learning can also occur too, which is why I thought sharing a post today could have value beyond Ben’s story and help others who want to learn about this condition. Learn more about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy on Sharecare.
Let us know what else we should be sharing on this condition to help others learn more.
Our thoughts are with the Breedlove family today and with all who live with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
All the best,
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