A North State teen in need of double lung transplant, 19-year-old Brandon Schmidt, of Paradise, passed away Monday. He was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of four months. In a story we brought you just three weeks ago, Brandon's mother explained that her son needed a double lung transplant to survive but hospitals were hesitant to do the surgery because of potential complications. Also, insurance companies refused to cover the procedure.
The community rallied to help the family through various fund raisers. But according to a family friend, Brandon died Monday morning, something confirmed by his mother on her Facebook page.