Real-Life 'Fault In Our Stars' Couple: Confined In Different Hospitals, Dalton Tries To Get To Katie As Lung Transplant Did Not Work

By Katherine Pine, Parent Herald September 12, 06:37 am

While "The Fault In Our Stars" has touched the hearts of many viewers, there actually is a real-life couple who are both suffering from cystic fibrosis. Accordingly, the Pragers have undergone lung transplants but Katie's was not successful so her husband, Dalton, is racing to get to her even just for their final moments together.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs of a person who has such illness. The couple met through Facebook when they were only 18 years old after Katie sent Dalton a message that she understands his pain since they have the same situation. Dalton and Katie did not know each other initially. The two got married two years later and planned to write about their journey. The two then received a life-saving lung transplant but Katie's transplant was not successful.

Twenty-six-year-old Katie was placed in a hospice in Kentucky last week and that she was told by doctors there is nothing more they can do since the transplant did not work. She said that she wanted to spend her final days with her husband and that she pointed out her body is so tired, Refinery 29 reported.

Despite the simple request of Katie, it might not be possible since Dalton's health has declined and he is not near where Katie is. He is in a hospital in St. Louis. He is said to be suffering from pneumonia, Daily Mail reported.

Initially, Katie and Dalton were not allowed to meet as it was feared they would be infected during their meeting. Katie shared in a statement, "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." The two met in 2009 after Dalton drove from Missouri to Kentucky.

Dalton received his transplant in November 2014 while Katie had to wait for a few more months.

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