Wednesday 21 February 2018

Wife of 'Fault In Our Stars' couple dies just five days after her husband

Husband and wife for five years; Debra Donovan and Dalton Prager
Husband and wife for five years; Debra Donovan and Dalton Prager
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Katie Prager (26), the wife in the real "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died today after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant.

"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," her mother, Debra Donovan, posted on Facebook.

"Katie knew how much she was loved. She knew how much I loved her, I told her and showed her everyday. We were given a great gift, we knew her time was short and she was able to do a few things that she wanted, and I am grateful for that."

"The days to follow will not be easy but I find comfort in knowing that my girl lived, she really lived."

Her husband Dalton Prager (25), who was the inspiration for the book and film 'The Fault In Our Stars', died on Saturday after complications from a failed lung transplant.

The book, written by John Greene, was about a young man's romance with a young woman who suffered from cystic fibrosis while he himself battled several illnesses.

He was portrayed by actor Ansel Elgort in the film which hit cinemas in 2014.

When her husband died, a heartfelt tribute on Facebook by Katie read: “My angel, my best friend, the love of my life, my husband went to be with the Lord our God today.

"He was a courageous fighter and ‘give up’ wasn’t in his vocabulary."

The couple were unable to be together for Dalton's final moments and so they FaceTimed each other in the last few minutes, Donovan's mother told CNN.

They had intended to spend one last Christmas together, but were being treated for their conditions in two different states.

Donovan recently told CNN in an interview; "I'd rather have five years of being in love and just really completely happy than 20 years of not having anybody."

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