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Dying teen fulfills dreams after YouTube post touches millions

Shaun Wilson-Miller will find more enjoyment in the next few months than most experience in a lifetime.

Thanks to an outpouring of love for the dying Australian teen, the YouTube sensation will fill his final days living out his dreams and giving comfort to people around the world with his inspirational message.

Since his emotional goodbye video appeared on YouTube, Wilson-Miller has appeared on a number of Australian TV shows, including filming a guest role on "Neighbours," he has met his favorite Australian-rules footballer, Essendon captain Jobe Watson, and is writing his memoirs and has inspired a rap song.

The 17-year-old has even found love with a fellow heart patient.

"Yes, it's love," he said. "We've been going out for two and a half weeks, 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 heartbreak at leaving the love of his young life behind is a rare concession to grief from the teenager who has stunned the world with his positivity.

Wilson-Miller, 17, suffers from a chronic heart condition and doctors have told him he does not have long to live. His body has not taken to his second heart transplant and doctors told him he could not undergo a third.

Soon after hearing that his battle-scarred body was rejecting his second heart transplant, Wilson-Miller recorded a message to his friends and family urging them to live their lives to the fullest and to look after his dad when he was gone.

The message, recorded secretly in his bedroom late at night, was intended just for his Facebook friends, but a technical glitch meant he had to upload it to YouTube. By morning, he was stunned to discover that his video had 10,000 hits.

It has now been watched by 1.3 million people.

Wilson-Miller's father Cameron Miller said his son's overnight fame has also forced them to discuss a painful topic -- his funeral arrangements -- as the pair realize that his death will affect more than just the people closest to him.

"I just pray that it's quick. I don't want him to suffer," he said.

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

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