There is a real-life “The Fault in Our Stars” couple and their story is going to make you cry.
What’s more heartbreaking than “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green? A real-life Hazel and Augustus.
“The Fault in Our Stars” tells the story of two young, cancer-stricken teens, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who found love in each other until one of them met a tragic end. In real-life, people are comparing a married couple to the hero and heroine of the said story.
26-year-old Katie Prager and her husband, 25-year-old Dalton Prager are both suffering from cystic fibrosis, a severe disorder that causes damage to the lungs and digestive system.
According to CNN, Katie and Dalton both had lung transplants last year, this after Medicare, Medicaid and her hospital had disagreements over money.
After getting their transplants, the couple planned to travel to every state together and write a book about their epic love story.
However, last week, Katie was placed under hospice care at home after her body has rejected the transplant. Doctors told her there was nothing more they can do.
“I don’t really like to say that I’m not fighting anymore. My body is just so tired,” Katie said in a video call interview. “I can’t fight anymore.”
On top of this, Dalton reportedly contracted lymphoma as a result of his transplant. He is currently at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, fighting pneumonia, while Katie is at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Katie hopes Dalton will be discharged next week so they can both be together in her home in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.
“If we only get to spend a day and a night together, we’ll be happy with that,” Katie said.
Katie said that despite what they are going through, she is “not throwing in the towel” but has accepted the fact that there is nothing more that the doctors can do for her.
“I’m living my life for quality and not quantity anymore,” she said.
The couple’s love story started when they were 18 when Katie messaged Dalton on Facebook after finding out that he, too suffers from the same medical condition as she was.
“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,” Katie said. “That was definitely something I had to think about, but when you have those feelings, you just know.”
They got married in 2011 after two years of dating.
Update: Katie Prager died on September 22, 2016.