AMERICAN FORK, (ABC 4 News) – An American Fork couple celebrated its second anniversary this week, but it’s no ordinary celebration.
The two met under extreme circumstances and against all odds. They’ve survived more trials than what some couples face in 50 years or more.
David Witt and Summer Carr met at Anderson Park in Orem two-and-a-half years ago.
“I thought he was cute. You know it was just a normal date I didn't think it would go anywhere,” Summer.
“I asked her out again because we had a lot of fun and I enjoyed her company,” said David.
Her picture on an LDS singles website caught his eye and as it turns out their first encounter sparked a relationship, only months before both of their lives would take a dramatic turns for the worse.
Summer confided in David about her mother’s end stage pancreatic cancer.
“He was just always there. He would call and text me everyday to see how I was doing,” Summmer said.
David met her mother about a month before she died.
“That was rally meaningful to me,” Summer said.
As the friendship slowly grew into love David told Summer about his greatest challege in life so that she could leave if she wanted to.
“When he said, ‘I have Cystic Fibrosis’ I thought I asked is this something that's fatal? ‘He said, well no,’” said Summer.
She stuck with him.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder. It attacks the lungs and digestive system. David says most people with the disorder only live to the age of 35.
Medical problems started for him a short time after sharing this news with Summer.
“But after that first collapse it was like three months and then his lung collapsed again and then every couple of months his lung would collapse again,” said Summer.
Summer stuck by David’s side to comfort and consol him during months of hospital stays.
David was dying. The only thing that could save him was a double lung transplant. He was given news of a possible pair of donor lungs only weeks before he would likely die.
The surgery went surprisingly well.
“They said it was probably one of the best surgeries they've done in--- they can't remember how long. It went flawlessly,” said Summer.
Today the couple is getting a second chance at life.
“It was just right. He is the man,” said Summer.
David says the statistics are against him because 50 percent of all people who get a lung transplant die within 10 years.
David and Summer are committed fighting the odds to preserve their relationship as long as possible.