This Paralysed Dad Walked His Daughter Down The Aisle With The Help Of Bionic Legs

    After an aggressive form of cancer left Chris Palmer paralysed from the waist down in 2012, his biggest fear was not being able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.

    A paralysed father who was told by doctors in 2012 that he would never walk again got the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day with the help of a bionic suit.

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    Chris Palmer, from Derby, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer four years ago that left him paralysed from the waist down.

    After an operation, the 55-year-old said one of his biggest fears was not being able to walk his daughter, Heather, down the aisle on her wedding day.

    But last year the family were given hope when Heather spotted an article about a company that makes exoskeletal suits that enable paralysed people to walk and stand without assistance.

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    The bride-to-be got in touch with the company, Rex Bionics, which was more than happy to lend Palmer the £90,000 robotic device for the special day.

    And so, after a few opportunities to practice using the equipment, on Saturday Palmer fulfilled his dream of walking his daughter down the aisle.

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    "It's wonderful I can do this – it's fulfilling something that dads do," Palmer said on the day of the wedding.

    "When I lay in 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."

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    Heather believes there are many people in her dad's position who don't know that equipment like the bionic suit is out there, but she'd like that to change.

    Speaking to the news wire SWNS, she said: "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."

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    'It is really overwhelming that my dad is able to walk me down the aisle," the newlywed said.

    "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."

    Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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