The story of a real-life couple who was compared to the fictional couple in the best-selling book and movie The Fault in Our Stars has reached its end. Katie and Dalton Prager, who both had cystic fibrosis, met on Facebook when they were 18 after Katie saw a picture of Dalton in the hospital, CNN reports. Though doctors warned them not to meet in person because CF patients can pass dangerous bacteria to one another, they not only met, but got married. "My heart was racing, but I just went right up to him and hugged and kissed him on the mouth without even saying hello," Katie once recalled of her first meeting with Dalton, soon after they started talking in 2009, when his mom drove him six hours from their Missouri home to Katie's Kentucky home. Seven years later, Dalton succumbed to his illness Saturday, and on Thursday, his wife also died.
Dalton and Katie wed less than two years after their first meeting, and had some happy years in a home they bought in Kentucky. But in 2014, their lungs deteriorated; Dalton got a transplant that year, and Katie the year following. But he later fought lymphoma, pneumonia, and a viral infection, while Katie struggled with her transplant until doctors determined there was nothing more they could do and she entered hospice care. They last saw each other on their fifth wedding anniversary in July. Dalton's funeral was Wednesday, Kentucky.com reports. Then, "early this morning, [Katie] 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," Katie's mom wrote on Facebook. "I know Dalton was waiting with open arms." Click for more on their story. (Read more The Fault In Our Stars stories.)