Father waltzes with daughter on wedding day despite debilitating burns

A father who suffered terrible injuries in an accident has finally fulfilled his promise to his daughter to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.

Vance Easter suffered severe burns in 2011 in an explosion at his welding shop, CBC reports. He spent almost a full year at a hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, recovering from the devastating injury that left him legally blind. His entire body was covered in burns.

Doctors thought he would never be strong enough to live at home again.

But through perseverance, he proved those doctors wrong.

"To me, you've got to have the willpower, and when somebody tells you you're going to be this way for the rest of your life, well, you've got to prove them wrong," Easter told CBC.

In 2014, his daughter, Jewel MacLennan, told him she wanted him to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. She delayed her wedding by two years to make it happen. Easter promised to fulfill her wish and started the long fight to regain his strength.

“I didn’t think I was going to do it, but I said, ‘If I thought I wasn’t, it wasn’t going to happen,'” Easter said. “She was determined that I was going to do it, and I was determined.”

For the next two years, he walked around his neighborhood every day, slowly regaining strength.

Three weeks ago, Easter finally fulfilled his promise.

Photos show him walking Jewel down the aisle, and even twirling with her on the dance floor at the reception.

Easter has new goals in mind now. He says he’s working on his eyesight, and hopes to get his driver’s license back soon. He also plans to reopen his welding shop when his hands get strong enough.

“You gotta believe in yourself that you can do things,” Easter said.

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