ST. CHARLES COUNTY - Weather permitting, a St. Charles County man will fly to Kentucky to be closer to his wife who is dying, and a local company is providing the flight for free.
The president of Air Evac Lifeteam calls it an act of compassion, helping reunite Dalton and Katie Prager, the husband and wife who both have cystic fibrosis and cancer.
We really became aware through your coverage of their situation,” said Seth Meyers, president of Air Evac Lifeteam. “it was very compelling the situation they're in.”
Air Evac Lifeteam in O'Fallon is one of the largest air evacuation companies in the nation. They will provide free transportation to Dalton Prager from Cahokia airport to Lexington, Kentucky.
A three team crew including a nurse will fly Dalton on one of Air Evac's planes.
The story of Dalton and Katie Prager has received international attention. The couple is often referred to as the "Fault in Our Stars couple", a reference to the best-selling novel and movie about two teenage cancer patients who fell in love.
On Thursday, Dalton had a Skype conversation with his wife Katie, who has been told by doctors that she's dying.
Both Dalton and Katie have cystic fibrosis and cancer. Despite getting a new pair of lungs last year, 25-year-old Katie is in hospice care in Kentucky. Katie's nurse says she has fought long and hard.
“There's something about Katie,” said Beth Martin, one of her nurses. “She has this infectious spirit about her and I can truly say she has been a fighter. She did not let cystic fibrosis define her or beat her.”
Air Evac Lifeteam said they were hoping the flight would leave by Thursday night, but weather and bed space in Kentucky kept them grounded. Because Dalton is receiving treatment for pneumonia, Dalton could have to wait a week or more after landing in Kentucky before he could see his wife.
We're told Dalton and Katie will celebrate Christmas later this month, because she won't live to see Dec. 25.