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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Real 'Fault in our Stars' couple takes a tragic turn

CNN | Elizabeth Cohen

CNN)It wasn't supposed to end like this.

Last year, Katie Prager, who has cystic fibrosis, fought relentlessly to get a lung transplant as Medicare, Medicaid and her hospital quibbled over money.
After CNN brought her predicament to light, she got that transplant.

Her husband, Dalton Prager, who also has cystic fibrosis, received a transplant, too.

The couple -- she's 26 and he's 25 -- dreamed that after their transplants they'd travel together to every state and write a book about their love story.

But last week, Katie was put into hospice at home. The transplant didn't work, and her doctors say there's nothing more they can do.

"My body is just so tired," said Katie, who has spent the past year and a half in and out of the hospital. 

Her husband is fighting his own medical battles. Dalton contracted lymphoma as a result of his transplant, and has since been treated. But he's now at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, near where his family lives, fighting pneumonia and a virus.Continue reading
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