Katie Prager From A Real-Life “Fault in Our Stars” Dies Just Days After Her Husband

Katie Prager dies

Image: Dalton and Katie Prager’s Transplant Page

Katie and Dalton Prager’s romance had been compared to that of The Fault In Our Stars. However, they have just died within days of each other, both from complications of  cystic fibrosis. Katie died Thursday morning, days after her husband passed away.

Dalton and Katie fell in love online and bonded over their medical battles. They had met on Facebook when they were 18. Katie first reached out to Dalton when she commented on a picture that Dalton’s mother had posted a photo of her son in the hospital:  “If you ever need a friend to talk to, you can reach out to me.” Doctors told them that they shouldn’t meet in person because Dalton had an infection that could spread to her.

Katie Prager dies

Image: Dalton and Katie Prager’s Transplant Page

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They did not care because they were in love! They traveled six hours in order to meet. Two years later after their first date, they married and bought a house together. One of their plans in life was to travel all of the 50 states and write a book about their romance.

Just like the doctors predicted, Katie did catch Dalton’s infection, and both of them ended up needing lung transplants. Dalton developed lymphoma as a result of his transplant, but managed to defeat that condition. However, he then developed pneumonia and a viral infection. Katie never fully recovered from her lung infection. The last time they both saw each other was on their fifth anniversary on July 16, their fifth anniversary. Dalton was hospitalized near his family in Missouri and Katie was hospitalized in Kentucky, near her family.

Katie Prager dies

Image: Dalton and Katie Prager’s Transplant Page

They were supposed to have reunited once Dalton was discharged, but his health went from bad to worse. They spoke on FaceTime during Dalton’s final moments: “She told him that she loved him,” Katie’s mother, Debra Donovan, told CNN. “We don’t know if he heard her.” Dalton died September 17 at the age of 25.

Less than a week later, Katie succumbed to the disease herself, dying at 26.

Donovan posted about her daughter’s death on a Facebook page that was dedicated to sharing the couple’s stories:

“Early this morning, she gained her wish of being at home, in her bed, surrounded by her mom, dad, brother and her dogs, dying peacefully, away from the hospital, tubes, IVs. I know Dalton was waiting with open arms, as well as both her grandmothers and a host of family and friends that have gone before her.”

“One important thing I have taken away from this is to live, just live,” Donovan wrote on Facebook. “If there is something you want to do, don’t wait. Life is short. Love as hard as you can.”

Our prayers are with both of the couples’ families, may God bring comfort into your lives, Amen!

Article: Good Housekeeping