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Cystic fibrosis patient dies 5 days after husband passes on

Posted 3:26 p.m. Thursday

— A Kentucky woman afflicted by cystic fibrosis has died five days after losing her husband to the same genetic lung disease.

Andrew Carpenter, the owner of Carpenter, Fritz & Vice Funeral Home in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, says 26-year-old Katie Prager died Thursday and that funeral arrangements are pending.

Prager's husband, 25-year-old Dalton Prager, died Saturday at a St. Louis hospital of the disease, which clogs the lungs with mucus and forces patients to struggle to breathe.

The couple was married in 2011. Dalton moved back to suburban St. Louis after a 2014 lung transplant so his parents could care for him, and until his death had hoped to see his wife one last time before she passed away.

Katie received a lung transplant last year and later developed lymphoma.

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