A video of a UK mother sharing her first dance as a married woman with her 13-year-old son, who has severe cerebral palsy, has gone viral on the internet.
Jo Atrill, Somerset, says that she had always dreamed that her son Alex Dieterle – who is unable to walk – would be able to dance with her on her wedding day.
But little did she know that her now-husband Martin had a surprise in store for her on her special day – he had secretly spent several weeks designing and making a special harness for Alex which would enable him to dance with her.
A video capturing the beautiful moment has been viewed online more than 800,000 times – and the family have received praise and comments from people all over the world.
Dad Martin told ITV West Country: “It was incredible to see Jo’s reaction. It was quite difficult to remain standing upright when Jo started to cry.
“At one point when we were looking around the room the whole room had just broken down and we realised that maybe I had nailed the wedding at that point”.
Speaking of Alex’s critical condition, he added: “There’s certainly been many times in the last five years I didn’t think he would be here anymore.
“To be there, at my wedding, to have a new family to be part of and to be able to do something I had never even contemplated.
“I would say it was the best moment of my life ever”.
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