The unbelievable, heartwarming story of Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey began back when Krueger was faced with a life-or-death medical emergency. Diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease in March 2014, doctors soon told her to start searching for a living donor because she may not survive for more than a few more months.
Fate stepped in when Dempsey, a former U.S. Marine who now works for the Village of Frankfort in Illinois, overheard his coworkers (one of whom turned out to be Krueger’s cousin) discussing the woman's crisis. Without hesitation--and without even meeting Krueger--he looked into getting tested, and soon found out he was her match.
"He called me and said the tests came out great, let’s do this, I’m a match, I’m your donor," said Krueger. "I couldn’t believe it."
After the two finally met and underwent grueling surgeries in March to give 55% of Dempsey's liver to Krueger. The two stayed in touch as they began healing--and they soon realized they were "matched" in an even more amazing way: They were falling in love. Now, months after the life-saving surgeries, the two are engaged to be married later this year.
Get more of their sweet story here.