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Inspirational Local Teen Claire Wineland on Overcoming Obstacles

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Claire Wineland was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and has survived more hospitalizations and surgeries than she can count. 

In April 2010, Claire, 13,  fell into a coma.  Her parents were told there was less than a 1% chance she would survive.  Claire woke up 3 weeks later.  Three months later she was back at home,  though her doctors warned she would likely need a lung transplant in the not-too distant future. 

But, Claire was determined to live her life to the fullest, and start fulfilling her dreams.   She started with trip to Alaska.

In April Claire celebrated her 15th birthday.  Her doctors and nurses at Miller Children's Hospital helped her celebrate by making her a huge birthday poster.

Claire continues to use her inspirational story to help raise money for her non-profit, Claire's Place Foundation which helps families of children dealing with Cystic Fibrosis.

Fox 11 Medical Producer Gerri Shaftel Constant started following Claire in November 2010, and produced 'Lessons From Clare'. Gerri's follow up story, "Flash Mob For Claire" aired in May 2011.

On Tuesday, Claire paid a visit to Studio 11 LA -  as we re-visited that story, to give us an update on her life and all that she's been doing over the past year.

For more on Claire's Foundation, go to


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