Women's Health

Young woman battling cystic fibrosis gets two life-changing surprises

Photo courtesy GiveForward.com

Photo courtesy GiveForward.com

For more than two years, Ashley Campbell, 22, has been battling cystic fibrosis. But earlier this week, everything changed for the young woman, My Fox Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

After suffering a devastating setback, Campbell traveled from her hometown of West Virginia in March so she could receive treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors put her on a ventilator, and her health was touch-and-go for a while.

Campbell’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Ryan Denkenberger stayed by her side through it all. The two met on Facebook through a friend in 2013.

When Campbell was in stable condition, Denkenberger got down on one knee and proposed.

She said yes.

Hours later, Campbell got another surprise: She finally got a match for donor lungs.

The couple has not set a wedding date yet, but Campbell said she hopes to pursue nursing.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an estimated 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. have the life-threatening genetic disease, which primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.  Campbell’s right lung collapsed when she was 15 and she now has only about three-quarters of her lung left, according to her GiveForward fundraising page.

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