Dalton and Katie Prager did not know they were both sick with cystic fibrosis, a disease that often greatly reduces the patient’s life. However, these two have transformed the tragic conditions into the most beautiful thing in the world … love.
The couple met in 2009 on Facebook when they were both just 18 years old and married less than two years later because of their rare genetic condition, which ultimately causes respiratory failure and the body is unable to get the nutrients it needs from food.
The couple bought a house in Flemingsburg and spent the day playing boarding, cooking and traveling. “We did fine things and we were having great time. It was like living in a fairy tale. “Although they were very sick and were waiting for lung transplantation, they managed to enjoy their marriage and to care for each other.
Eventually, Dalton’s death seemed to be approaching very quickly. One night Katie called her husband, his mother said he was not well.
It was then that Katie decided to take her name from the waiting list, since she was higher than her husband to bring him a few steps closer to a possible transplant.
And finally he did.
About a year and a half, Katie also got the new lungs. However, a few weeks later, Dalton suffered a serious infection that resulted in pneumonia. Though this would jeopardize his health, Katie wanted to see her husband.
Shortly thereafter, Katie’s body began to reject the graft and it seemed that no one would do it. They ignored the doctors’ advice and decided to stay together for the last time.
However, a few hours before Dalton went to see Katie, he finally died. He was surrounded by his family and Katie through a video call. “Dalton gave a very difficult battle with cystic fibrosis. He was a fighter and never gave up, “Katie said. Katie did not despair because she was very happy about the time he spent with him. “I’d rather live in love for five years than 20 without having anyone.”