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Dying man on a gurney leads daughter down the aisle

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A dying cancer patient celebrated life this weekend in Cleveland.

A volunteer medical team dressed 52-year-old Scott Nagy in a tuxedo and escorted him to his daughter’s wedding.

Doctors were uncertain if he would be able to make the wedding, initially scheduled for next year. But with monitor cords slipped under his tuxedo and a tracheal tube attached, he made the trip down the aisle, kissing a grandson who was the ringbearer and giving a thumb's up.

"There was no way he was not going to finish this out," said his wife Jean.

Jacky Uljanic, a nurse practitioner with the hospital, helped make the arrangements for Nagy to attend the wedding. She put him through daily therapy to build up his strength and she checked on the logistics in advance. Physicians Medical Transport donated the ambulance trip, and a doctor and other medical personnel accompanied Nagy on the ride.

Sarah said that since she was a little girl, she has wanted her father to escort her down the aisle when she married. She said her future husband assured her she would get her wish.

At the vestibule, she burst into tears and told her father she loved him.

"We did it," Nagy said to her and reminded her not to streak her makeup.

"It was a promise I made in March, to walk her down the aisle," said the 56-year-old man. "She's my princess. This is my definition of walking down the aisle."

This past weekend, on a hospital gurney, he did.

The bride burst into tears as she told her father, “We did it,” before the two entered the sanctuary.

As you can imagine, there wasn’t a dry eye during the wedding service.

The family says they are grateful to the university hospital staff, doctor, nurse and ambulance crew who made it all happen.

“There are no guarantees in life. And when you can…do something like this, this is a bonus,” Scott Nagy said. 

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