A father left paralyzed by a battle with cancer was determined not to let his diagnosis get in the way of his dream of walking his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day — so he used a robotic walking machine to make it happen, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.
Chris Palmer, 55, became wheelchair bound after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
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His doctors told him he would never walk again, but Palmer proved them wrong.
His daughter, Heather Halls, 28, found a company called Rex Bionics that invented an exo-skeletal suit designed to assist people who are disabled to walk. Halls asked the firm to loan her father the machine and teach her father how to use it for her wedding. They agreed, and with some practice, Palmer was able to use the suit to walk his daughter down the aisle and for his father-of-the-bride speech.
"It's wonderful I can do this,” Palmer told the Mirror. “It's fulfilling something that dads do. When I lay in the hospital after the operation, one of the first things I thought about was my daughter's wedding and how I wasn't going to be able to walk her down the aisle."
Halls told the Mirror, "It is really overwhelming that my dad is able to walk me down the aisle."
"There are a lot of people who are in my dad's position that don't know this is out there, and I want people to know if they have had an accident that is life-changing or have a disability, there are measures out there that would enable them to do things they might think they could never do,” she added. "I feel really proud of him that he's come this far and am really grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way.”
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