Friends helping reunite couple suffering from cystic fibrosis

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FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (WKYT ) - Home can be a lot better than a hospital room. 26-year-old Katie Prager would know. She's been in and out of them for a while dealing with cystic fibrosis. In fact, it's how she met her husband, Dalton. He also has the disease. They married in 2011.

"It's not recommended a CF patient be with another CF patient, but you've got to do what you've got to do," Katie said.

Both Katie and Dalton got lung transplants over the last couple of years. Katie's new lungs haven't done as well as she'd hoped. Her health is going downhill.

"There's stuff going on now that is just impossible to fix," she said.

Which explains why Katie is at home instead of a hospital room.

"You can't just tiptoe around the idea of death. You've got to come to terms with it and accept it and I think I've done that," she said.

It's tough enough for anyone to make that decision, but there's something that's making this a lot harder for Katie. Dalton, is on a ventilator in his hometown of Saint Louis, suffering from pneumonia.

"All I want is just to see him even if it's for one time for a few minutes," she said.

Tuesday, a friend launched an online fundraiser. It's moved quickly. Even actor James Woods tweeted out a link to it. They've got the money they need. Katie expects Dalton will be able to move to UK Hospital soon.

"It happened so fast and we've got so many offers that I'm positive that he'll be coming to Kentucky soon," she said.

Since they hit that fundraising goal so fast, Katie is now trying to help plan for the future. She's got a lot of hospital bills and she knows her funeral won't be cheap. She hopes to raise money (https://www.youcaring.com/katie-prager-641367) to help her parents pay those bills.

"I just really want my family not to have to worry about it because if you think about it, they're already losing their daughter," she said.

Katie isn't sure how much longer she'll be here. She wants to make the best of it with the people she loves.



 
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