Proud Sheffield dad fulfils daughter's wedding day dream despite suffering stroke

A proud father fulfilled his dream of giving his daughter away on her wedding day despite suffering a stroke.

Tuesday, 15th November 2016, 1:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:12 pm
Bride Laura with her dad Mark Edwards, Katie McEwan and Natalie Cox

Mark Edwards, aged 55, was hospitalised for 27 days after suffering a stroke in July.

His main motivation during rehabilitation was to attend daughter Laura’s wedding at St Mary’s Church, Handsworth, in September .

The dad dreamed of accompanying Laura to church in a vintage car and being able to stand long enough to give her away when she married husband Steve.

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While the dream seemed far off at times, Mark managed to fulfil his wish thanks to the dedicated staff at Rotherham Hospital’s Stroke Unit.

Mark said: “Everyone was happy to see me at the wedding. My son pushed me down the aisle and I got my cue to stand to give Laura away.”

Mark fulfilled the wish with specialist input from Natalie Cox, an occupational therapist, and Katie McEwan, a physiotherapist.

He said: “I felt really proud of how far I’ve come. But I couldn’t have done it without Natalie and Katie’s support.

“It was very much Natalie and Katie’s ambition to get me to the wedding as much as it was mine. They even came on the morning to help me get ready.”