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A paralyzed dad lived his dream by walking his daughter down the aisle.

Using a futuristic suit, a loving dad was able to be present on his own terms for his daughter's wedding day.

A paralyzed dad lived his dream by walking his daughter down the aisle.

Many dads dream about the moment they will walk their daughters down the aisle, but for one dad his dream didn't seem like it would become a reality.

Chris Palmer is a 55-year-old dad who wanted nothing more than to walk next to his daughter Heather on her wedding day. Sadly, he became paralyzed once cancer infected his body, rendering him unable to walk on his own.


Image via SWNS TV/YouTube.

Chris could've easily used his wheelchair to be with Heather on her special day, but that's not how he wanted it to go down.

He was determined to walk down that aisle, no matter what.

After conducting some research, Chris came across a company called REX Bionics that created a futuristic device called ... well, REX.

Put simply, REX provides paralyzed individuals with the ability to walk on their own in a hands-free manner.

Think "Iron Man" — only, ya know, real.

"It's a mechanism [used for people] to stand, to walk, to be the right height, and have that social interaction, but also to exercise," said spinal specialist Nick Birch in a video about the device.

Image via Rex Bionics/YouTube.

With over 12,000 reported spinal cord injuries in the U.S. alone each year, this technology could help a lot of people.

Chris knew this could be the answer he was looking for, but REX is not cheap. The device itself costs over $100,000. Thankfully the company let him borrow it for his daughter's special day.

GIF via SWNS TV/YouTube.

And when Heather's wedding arrived, a dad kept his promise by walking her down the aisle in an emotional ceremony.

The attendees couldn't help but express their happiness when they watched Palmer walking with his extremely proud daughter — no matter how long it took for him to do it.

GIF via SWNS TV/YouTube.

Many children see their dads as superheroes. On Heather's wedding day, Palmer did everything in his power to be one.

But his superpower wasn't being able to walk that day. It was showing his daughter how far he would go to show how much he loves her.

You can see the whole video here.


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