This Paralyzed Groom Wanted to Walk at His Wedding. He Wouldn’t Take ‘No’ for an Answer.
Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed since 2011, but he refused to let that stop him from walking down the aisle at his own wedding.
Thanks to a device called an Ekso, as well as a lot of hard work and determination, Ficarra, 30, walked side by side with his bride, Jordan Basile, after their ceremony in Dewitt, New York, on Saturday, The Syracuse Post-Standard reported.
The Ekso is a battery powered robotic exoskeleton that uses motors to help people with spinal cord injuries or other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again, according to the Ekso Bionics website.
Ficarra has been practicing with the device since March, driving seven hours a week to commute to a rehabilitation facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to his YouCaring page.
He’s enjoyed the sensation of walking again for the first time since a boating accident in July 2011 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He’s now attempting to raise money for an Ekso device of his own because, aside from the confidence the device has brought him, it also has numerous health benefits. Visit his YouCaring Page to donate.
“It feels great to be married,” Ficarra told The Post-Standard. “And I am so happy to have met my goal of walking at my wedding.”
Watch the video below to see Ficarra walk on his wedding day: