The following is from the sister of the man in the picture:
I was honored today to witness one of the most beautiful moments I will ever see in my lifetime. My baby brother got engaged to one of my best friends, Ashley!!!
For those of you who do not know Ashley Campbell she suffers from cystic fibrosis. She has been awaiting a double lung transplant for over 3 years. About 2 weeks ago Ashley took a serious turn for the worse, because her lungs were allowing too much CO2 to build up in her body. After a trip to UHC she was life flighted to the Cleveland Transplant Clinic and put on a ventilator to await her lung transplant. This time there would be no getting better and going home. It was then for the first time Ryan realized Ashley could really die. He could not imagine his life without her, so the planning began.
Ashley spent several days unconscious, and Ryan did not and has not left her bedside. Ashley has improved, and received the news a few days ago that her lung transplant would take place any day now. He called me on Tuesday morning and told me today would be the big day. Her surgery is very risky with a long recovery, and Ryan wanted to show her he is with her for the long haul.
With shaky hands, a racing heart, and sweat pouring from his body today Ryan asked Ashley to marry him. He promised to remain by her side no matter what they may face and love her unconditionally for the rest of their lives; She said yes.
I have never seen a love more true, and words can not express how proud I am. Welcome to the family Ashley, the best is yet to come!
Wow. Just wow.
I really don’t have anything to add to this…Her expression says it all. If you can’t tell, the device wrapped around her face is a ventilator. It is doing her breathing for her. To be proposed to while on the brink of death and in need of a double lung transplant ASAP—I don’t think even Hollywood could come up with something that touching.