January 21, 2019 08:04 PM
(ABC 6 News) - More than a year ago, a Byron woman captured the hearts of millions when a video of her taking her first breath with a new pair of lungs went viral.
“I remember breathing so fully and it was incredible and it was pain-free for once,” said Jennifer Jones.
Her fiancé, Rob Ronnenberg captured the moment. “That look on her face … there's nowhere else I'd rather have been,” he said.
After being misdiagnosed with allergies and asthma growing up, Jennifer found out she had Cystic Fibrosis in 2006. Ten years later, she was put on oxygen … and in the fall of 2017, things took a turn. Her lung capacity dropped to just under 11%.
“The day the call came in -that there were lungs available - was one day before I was going to be calling up her dad and stepmom in Texas and her mom in Arizona, telling them they need to come up because we are going to plan a hospital wedding,” said Ronnenberg. “She was going downhill fast and there was a good chance we weren't going to have that chance to be married otherwise. But the call came in and everything has changed.”
The video of Jones taking her first few breaths after surgery has been viewed over 6 million times on YouTube, with many more views on other social media sites.
It caught the attention of a new Lifetime series called “My Big Live Wedding with David Tutera”. The celebrity wedding planner is orchestrating dream weddings for eight couples across the country.
“I have no worries about that day, I don't,” said Jones. “He [Tutera] is designing a dress for me. He is making all these little things that are important to us come true. We just found out the location and I’m super excited. I know it’s going to be gorgeous!
“It’s happening,” said Ronnenberg. “She is walking down the aisle, coming to me and we are going to be married. I’m just so excited for that moment.”
On February 26th, their wedding will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. CDT on the Lifetime channel.
Their love story not only inspiring romantics but new organ donors.
“A lot of people have signed up because of it. They will send us a picture saying ‘Look! I’m a donor now’,” said Jones.
The couple often says the transplant was Jones’ miracle and her donor’s legacy.
Updated: January 21, 2019 08:04 PM
Created: January 21, 2019 05:04 PM
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