Paralyzed Groom Shocks His Bride by Walking Down the Aisle (VIDEO)


Happy couple Jordan Basile and Matt Ficarra received a stirring round of heartfelt applause after saying "I do" Saturday in Syracuse, New York. 

While a wedding typically brings tears to some guests' eyes, this ceremony was particularly moving, with many weeping for joy as the groom, paralyzed since 2011, walked his new bride down the aisle thanks to a battery-powered robotic exoskeleton called an Esko.

Ficarra became paralyzed after breaking his neck in a boating accident three years ago, but true to his "never-give-up" spirit, the 30-year-old vowed to walk on his wedding day.  


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After proposing last December, Ficarra began working on how to keep that promise. Since April, he has been driving seven hours to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, every week to practice walking with the Esko.

His proud dad, Frank, one of his three best men, said:

It's spectacular. I am so proud of him. He's determined and he accomplishes what he sets out to do. He doesn't give up on anything. He's a gem.

And his bride agrees, vowing to love him always "whether he's sitting or standing."

Ficarra's courage and determination are truly inspiring! And his beautiful new bride is pretty brave too. Though the pair met years ago while attending SUNY Oswego, Basile, a cheerleader, had turned down Ficarra's multiple requests for dates because, at the time, she believed he was too much of a partying lacrosse player. When she saw him again six months after his accident, he was vastly different.

Ficarra acknowledges, in some ways, the accident has changed him for the better: 

It's made me stronger, and more humble. It's made me see how petty most complaints are, and it's made me appreciate what I have even more.

Aw! We wish this happy couple all the best!

Does this story inspire you or make you appreciate what you might otherwise take for granted? 

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