This 28-year-old Australian woman didn’t think she’d live for long after tying the knot with her teenage sweetheart. But in an astonishing twist of fate, the marriage ended up saving her life.
Jessica Bean tried to have as normal a childhood as possible in Australia’s remote island state of Tasmania, located 150 miles off the country’s southern coast. But she was living with a potentially deadly illness that she and her family hoped would never become a life-threatening problem.
By 16 years old, however, it became apparent that her illness would come to define her life: Bean was battling cystic fibrosis (CF), an incurable genetic disorder characterized by the loss of lung function and other symptoms. Most sufferers living with CF only reach the age of 37.