Initially, it was believed that he would recover in time for the ceremony, but he required additional procedures and rehabilitation, making it impossible for him to walk.
One of the most special moments of a wedding is a father walking his daughter down the aisle. A woman's father looks up to this moment right when he holds her in his arms after her birth and for the years to come. It becomes a dream for a father to hold his daughter’s hand on the most important occasion of her life. Jorge Palza, father of Tatiana Palza had the same dreams and thought destiny planned a different track, reports ABC News.
Tatiana was meant to tie the knot with the blessings of her family and loved ones. A few weeks before the wedding, her 80-year-old father Jorge Palza sustained a severe back injury and required surgery. The initial plan worked well, Palza would be in the hospital for a few days, fit enough to make it to the wedding. Tatiana recalled, “We thought it was going to be close to the wedding but it was only three days so we said let's do it." However, things changed as Palza required further procedures and was unable to walk. He needed time to heal from his injury after the procedures and was sent to Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital for said procedures.
However, this messed up plans for Tatiana who wanted her father to walk her down the aisle. With guests from different parts of the world and several other preparations already scheduled, there was a conflict of thought where the bride felt unsure of proceeding. However, her dad insisted that the wedding go on. Tatiana complied and spoke with Palza’s therapist, Kendra Smart, to understand whether there was any way she could have her father with her on the big day. She requested the therapist to let just the ceremony be held in his room but Smart had a better idea. She offered Tatiana the garden of the hospital for her ceremony where all her guests would be welcome!
The hospital staff soon joined hands to maintain the specialty of the occasion for the father-daughter duo. Smart said, "We thought it was going to be special, we knew it was going to be special but I didn't realize how exciting and how meaningful it would be for Jorge." Smart decided to creatively incorporate the wedding as one of Palza’s sessions, per Fox News. “How about we make his therapy about the wedding? So, for occupational therapy, your dad is going to get dressed, he's going to put his suit on, his tie on, his shirt, as part of that type of therapy. And then for his physical therapy, he's going to go down in his wheelchair,” Smart shared.
It was indeed a wholesome ceremony and Jorge and Tatiana fulfilled their dream of completing the symbolic wedding tradition by walking together down the aisle. With the wedding in the garden, the guests, the bridal dress and everything going as planned, what was different was only the fact that her day got more special and is one Tatiana and her family will forever cherish. She said, “They made this very meaningful to my Dad and me, it showed me that they care. We are forever grateful for that."
Back surgery had Jorge Palza on the verge of missing his daughter's wedding until his therapist at Memorial Hermann had an awesome idea. https://t.co/p9nm1VyK9y— ABC7 Community (@abc7community) September 23, 2023