Search icon


25th May 2016

Paralysed father uses robotic suit to walk daughter down the aisle

The wonders of technology.

Laura Holland

When Chris Palmer was left paralysed after battling cancer in 2012, he had one fear after becoming wheelchair bound: that he wouldn’t be able to walk his daughter Heather down the aisle on her wedding day.

But he wasn’t to know then of advancements in technology that would make his dream a reality.

Speaking to The Sun he said: “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.”

Last Saturday Chris managed to walk Heather down the aisle, having borrowed a state-of-the-art robotic suit worth £90,000 from a company named RexBionics.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 08.58.40


Watch the amazing moment Chris proudly walks his daughter down the aisle.

Speaking about the special moment Heather said:

“It is really overwhelming that my dad is able to walk me down the aisle. 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.

“We really struggled to find unique and stylish venues within the East Midlands that offer full disabled access. However, our experience with The West Mill team was completely different. They have been so understanding and helpful throughout the whole planning process.”

She added:

“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.”

Got a story for JOE? Email us:, or message us on Facebook