My Final Goodbye

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A 17 year old Australian’s moving farewell video made for family and friends has accidentally gone viral, and now has over 1 million views. 

Battling with his emotions, Shaun Wilson Miller says goodbye to his family and friends, just hours after being told he may only have a few months left to live. Shaun has chronic heart rejection and his body has already rejected two transplants, doctors have told him he cannot undergo a third operation.

Soon after being told the news, Shaun made the video late in the night and was meant to upload it onto Facebook so his close friends could see it, but had technical difficulties and had to upload it to YouTube. The next morning it had 10,000 views. A week later and it now has over 1.3 million views.

Since his emotional goodbye video appeared on YouTube, he has enjoyed more than most could hope for in years. He has appeared on a numerous Australian TV shows, including a guest appearance on ‘Neighbours’, has met his favorite Australian-rules footballer Essendon captain Jobe Watson, is currently writing his memoirs and has inspired a rap song.

In the video he tearfully tells how “I just wanna thank all my family and friends who have been in my life, please don’t cry for me I will be okay.” And continues to ask his friends to “Make sure my dad’s okay.” [sic]

But it’s not all bad news, as he has found love with another heart patient. He told a newspaper “Yes, it’s love. But we’ve been friends for seven years. The hardest thing for me is leaving her, knowing that I won’t get to marry her. To have kids together. To grow old together. That is what makes me sad.”

His father, Cameron Miller said they have had to discuss his son’s funeral arrangements because his new-found fame means the death will affect more than just their nearest and dearest.

And Cameron added: “I just pray that it’s quick. I don’t want him to suffer.”

“No parent should have to bury their child. But he’s loving life and he wants us to do the same. He doesn’t want us to cry for him.”

See the moving message yourself below.

Rubab, Year 9

Boston High School Newsroom

3 Responses to My Final Goodbye

  1. lizzie May 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

    this is really good rubab. woooooooooooooo

  2. Matt Lee May 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

    A very brave message, with some very wise advice from someone so young.
    Great story Rubab!

    YJA Co-Editor

  3. Harriet May 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I think it’s so nice that he found someone that he loved while having this condition, most girls would probably leave him if they found out ehat he had.
    Very sad, I wish him luck 🙂