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Hospital restages daughter’s wedding for bedridden father

By Philip Kendall

Staff at a hospital in Tokyo went the extra mile recently by organizing a second wedding ceremony especially for a patient who was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding in October.

The patient, 57-year-old Masaru Tanaka, was admitted to the hospital in December last year after the driver of a truck knocked him off his motorbike, confining him to a hospital bed after suffering a severe cerebral hemmorhage. Hearing the sad news that Masaharu was unable to attend his own daughter’s wedding, staff at Akirudai Hospital in west Tokyo put their heads together to bring the celebrations to him instead.

Bride and groom Erika and Eisuke (both 26) were married last month, but the celebrations were marred by the fact that Erika’s much-loved father was not able to see her walk down the aisle.

Confined to a wheelchair and only able to move his left hand and eyes, Erika’s father was forced to remain in hospital at the time of the ceremony after staff grew concerned that his high blood pressure could cause further complications.

Erika told the Yomiuri Shimbun that prior to his tragic accident, she and her father would often go out for ramen together and that she always turned to him in times of trouble. Upon hearing the family’s sad story, Gentaro Iwasawa, welfare consultant at the hospital where Erika’s father is undergoing rehabilitation, approached the newly wedded bride and proposed that they put together a second ceremony that her father could take part in.

Using a space ordinarily reserved for dining and counselling sessions, the hospital staff built a mock chapel, complete with a rose-covered archway and a deep red wedding aisle. The hospital’s social workers even formed a small choir and performed a few hymns during the ceremony, which saw Erika walk down the aisle alongside her father, smartly dressed and seated in a wheelchair.

Erika’s mother wiped tears from Masaru’s eyes as he proudly watched his daughter exchange vows with her new husband before their friends, family and around 100 hospital staff.

Speaking to a reporter afterwards, Erika’s mother thanked the staff at the hospital repeatedly, saying that the family “thought it would never be possible” for Masaru to see his daughter tie the knot.

At the end of the ceremony, Erika read a letter to her guests, closing with a special message to her father:

“When you get better, we’ll go and have ramen together like we used to. This time it’ll be my treat. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.”

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun via Yahoo! Japan News

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aww ... thats a lovely story :D

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Indeed, very well done from the staff. I know they are on a very busy schedule, every day, therefore being able to manage this is outstanding.

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Now that's one of the best stories I've ever read here. Great work Gentarou, the staff who went along with it, but also the higher ups who just went ahead without worrying about rules, or all the other reasons why they would say no to it.

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What a fantastic and lovely story to read this morning. So happy for this father and daughter and I wish him a good recovery so that he can enjoy more life events with his daughter and family. Also can't forget the staff who did a wonderful job with putting this all together for the family.

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aww.. so sweet. this bling tears to my eyes.

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dammit! i am pdf-ing this article!!!!!

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very touching. Cute daughter. That father must be very pride and happy. Hope he can recover soon. And the hospital staff must be very happy too. I wish I can read more stories like this. This is an example of what love can do.

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Great story! Thumbs up to the hospital staff.

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Nice story, good to read some happy news on here on occasion. However my wife read the Japanese article, she says the brides name is actually Erina.

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Excellent story, the hospital probably enhanced the fathers recovery by doing this.

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JT, more stories like this please!!

Well done to the hospital staff who gave up their free time for this!

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A happy story and happy ending for a change. Great story, well done to the hospital, staff and everyone involved in making this possible for the father (man) of an incident created by a moron who can't drive. All the hospital staff deserve a pat on the back for being a good sport :) Hope he gets well and is able to be able to be there for his daughter. Oh yeh and let's not forget those trips to the ramen shop .... ahhh ramen!!! :P

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Something positive!

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