Cystic fibrosis patient dies 5 days after husband passes on

Cystic fibrosis patient dies 5 days after husband passes on
Cystic fibrosis patient dies 5 days after husband passes on
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23 September, 2016

"I truly believe Dalton had prepared a place for his wife, just as the pastor talked about yesterday at Dalton's service", his mother, Renee Prager, wrote on the couple's Facebook transplant page.

Katie, 26, died early Thursday morning at her home in Flemingsburg, a family member said.

"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", she wrote.

The young couple garnered worldwide attention past year after CNN wrote about Katie's fight to get a lung transplant.

A young United States married couple who bonded through their shared struggles with cystic fibrosis have both died within days of each other. The median survival age is 40-years-old.

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Katie's death comes five days after the death of her husband, Dalton Prager.

In January 2013, the hospital began evaluations on both Katie and Dalton Prager to see if they were eligible for lung transplants. Her mother, Debra Donovan, announced news of her death Thursday on Facebook. In July 2015, after a long fight with Medicare, Medicaid and her hospital, Katie got her transplant, too.

The couple married in 2011 after falling in love on Facebook.

Katie, who entered hospice care on September 2, set up a YouCaring page to raise money for a "Celebration of Life" for after her passing. They realized they were falling in love, but Katie's doctor urged her not to meet with him in person, because Dalton had an infection called Burkholderia cepacia, which can be deadly for people with cystic fibrosis.

With her condition so fragile, AirEvac was making arrangements to fly Dalton to see her one last time. Their love story was short, but she knew it brought joy and inspiration to others. She was in hospice care in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, when her husband died. "We don't know if he heard her".


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