Katie Prager -- half of the so-called "Fault in Our Stars" couple who made international headlines -- died Thursday, just days after the death of her husband,
Dalton Prager and Katie Donovan met when they were 18 and grew closer as they spoke to one another over Facebook. But because the two had cystic fibrosis, it was very risky for them to meet in person. Dalton Prager had an infection called Burkholderia cepacia that is highly contagious for people with cystic fibrosis, an infection that Donovan did not have.
The couple met in person and married two years later in 2011, when they were both 20.
Katie Prager ended up contracting the bacteria and the couple entered the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center together in August 2014 to wait for new lungs. Dalton Prager's came first, and his transplant was successful, but he discovered that he had lymphoma. He successfully fought cancer, but was hospitalized with pneumonia.
Katie Prager had complications after her transplant and could not see her husband one last time in person before his death. Dalton Prager's health complications made it impossible for him to fly home from St. Louis and, instead, the two were on a video chat together when Dalton Prager died.
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