Love often finds us in unexpected ways. For Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey, this couldn’t be more real.
In March 2014, Krueger was diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease. According to ABC News, she had less than a 50 percent chance of surviving more than two months.
“Time was my enemy,” she said to NBC News in January.
Dempsey, a former marine, overheard a coworker discussing Krueger’s condition in the breakroom, and leaped at the chance to lend a hand liver to a stranger. He was tested to see if he was a match before even meeting Krueger.
“I know it’s a scary thing to go through, but it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to be able to help someone,” Dempsey said.
He turned out to be a match, and that’s when he contacted Krueger. She was in disbelief.
“I just said, ‘thank you,’” Krueger said. “What do you say to someone that’s just saving your life?”
The transplant took place a year after Krueger was diagnosed, with Dempsey giving her 55 percent of his liver.
“After we got out of the hospital, we kind of made it official that she was going to be my girlfriend,” Dempsey said. May the world sing a grand chorus of ‘aww’s.
Fast-forward to the present: Krueger is healthy and happy. Dempsey’s liver has regenerated. Most adorably, Dempsey popped the question after a carriage ride in Chicago. The two married earlier this month, CBS Evening News reports.
“You’re the most incredible man I’ve ever known,” Krueger said as part of her vows during the ceremony. “You believe in me, and you make me feel amazing every single day. Because of you I laugh, smile, and dare to dream again.”
Cue the waterworks. Not only does unadulterated human kindness exist — thank you, Dempsey, for reminding us of this — but also, true love.