Snapchat Story—I Need a Heart Transplant: Benefits of Social Media Use in Serious Illness

Teresa Vente*

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Diagnosis of a serious illness among adolescents and young adults (AYAs) can be socially isolating. Social media platforms may provide a method for AYAs to communicate with peers about their health. The following is a case report of a 16-year-old male diagnosed with heart failure and undergoing heart transplant evaluation. During his prolonged hospitalization, he identified the social media platform, Snapchat, as a tool to communicate with his peers about his diagnosis, treatment, and hospital course. Social media may provide a means for coping and relationship building for AYAs in the setting of serious illness. Further exploration into understanding how AYAs use social media as a platform to process a serious illness may help providers to counsel patients and families about safe social media practice regarding information gathering and sharing online.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-601
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2023


  • Palliative care
  • Serious illness
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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