FRANKFORT, Ill. — Chris Dempsey was a stranger to Heather Krueger when he agreed to give her his liver and save her life. Now, they’re newlyweds.
Krueger was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer at 27 years old and doctors said she had just a few months to live.
Dempsey, a code enforcement officer in Illinois, overheard a co-worker talking about Krueger and decided to see if he would be a match — and he was.
“I spent four years in the Marine Corps and learned there never to run away from anything,” Dempsey told CBS News. “So I just said to myself, ‘Hey, if I can help, I’m going to help.'”
“I got off the phone and ran down the hallway, and my mother and I were both crying our eyes out in disbelief,” Krueger said on “Today.” “I had never even met this man before.”
Krueger and Dempsey went in for the procedure in March 2015 and remained close afterward. So close that they fell in love.
The two got married at a ceremony outside of Chicago earlier this month.
“You are the most incredible man I have ever known,” she said in her vows at their wedding. “You believe in me and you make me feel amazing every single day. Because of you, I laugh, smile and I dare to dream again.”