FLEMINGSBURG, Ky., Sept. 22 (UPI) — The surviving member a terminally ill couple, whose plight gained national attention for its resemblance to a recent major motion picture, died on Thursday — five days after her husband succumbed to the same illness.
Katie Prager died from complications of cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. The 26-year-old had battled the disease, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, all her life.
“Early this morning, she 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,” Prager’s mother, Debra Donovan, posted to Facebook Thursday.
Prager’s husband, Dalton, 25, died last weekend at a St. Louis hospital. Prager had been in hospice car in Kentucky prior to her death. The pair were able to communicate by video in the days leading to Dalton’s death.
The couple had been married for five years and attracted substantial media attention in recent months because their tragic circumstances reflected the plot of the 2014 film The Fault in Our Stars, about a young couple afflicted with cancer who fall in love. The film is based on a novel of the same name by John Green.