The real-life couple mirroring the movie, 'The Fault in Our Stars' are fighting to not only keep their love alive, but also to stay alive… after their health has taken a tragic turn.
Katie and Dalton Prager, both have cystic fibrosis, which is a genetic disorder that causes thick mucus to build up in your lungs, which makes it extremely hard to breathe. For Katie and Dalton their fight isn’t a movie, it is very much a reality.
The two met when they were just 18-years-old on Facebook. According to CNN Katie reached out to Dalton to send him support, explaining that she understood his pain and was there for him if he ever needed to anyone to talk to.
Fast forward 2 years later and Katie and Dalton were married and had plans on traveling all across America together. They had dreams to write a book after they both each received a life-saving lung transplant… but tragically Katie's transplant didn't take.
Her fight has been a hard one ever since.
Just last week the now 26-year-old was put in hospice in Kentucky and has been told by doctors that there’s nothing they can do.
Katie told CNN, "My body is just so tired." The only request she has for her last days is to be with her husband, but Dalton is currently fighting his own battle. After his lung transplant, he contracted lymphoma and he was recently rushed to hospital and is being treated for pneumonia in St. Louis.
As soon as he is out of hospital he plans to travel to Kentucky to be by Katie’s side.
When Katie first reached out to Dalton, doctors warned how dangerous it would be for their health if they were to meet, as Dalton had Burkholderia cepacia, which is a contagious infection for people with cystic fibrosis but Katie was determined to meet him.
After meeting each other, Katie did contract the infection which after that she required the transplant.
Looking back Katie says she has no regrets. She told CNN, "I told Dalton I'd rather be happy — like really, really happy — for five years of my life and die sooner than be mediocre happy and live for 20 years… That was definitely something I had to think about, but when you have those feelings, you just know I don't look back because I can't really change the past… I've had this time with Dalton and so I might as well keep looking forward."
Katie has just one wish left, and that’s to see her husband again before it is too late… "If we only get to spend a day and a night together… We'll be happy with that."
Our thoughts go out to both Katie and Dalton.