Sick father flown cross country to surprise daughter on wedding day

It's a day neither will ever forget. It was already going to be a memorable day for both of them - after all, it WAS her wedding day - but when he got to surprise her the night before, it made it that much more memorable.

Across the country, the man was thinking he would be stuck in his Nebraska hospital bed as she walked down the aisle alone. Andre Pearson wanted to be there, badly.

"I felt that I could do more, I felt that we could do more and not to be able to walk her down the aisle and not to even be able to stand up and say I am the one who will give her away. I felt that I let her down," Pearson said.

Then he was reevaluated. The team at the Mayo Clinic decided he was well enough to make the trip to Desert Ridge Estate in Indio, California, where his daughter was getting married. 

"They told me they had a meeting earlier that morning and said that they came up with something so I could see my daughter's wedding," Pearson said. "They told me they were going to fly me out here to California to see the wedding."

Yes, they were flying him out and giving his daughter, Alexandra Price, the surprise of a lifetime.

"I knew he wasn't coming because I knew the circumstances and everything and I just feel shocked it feels like a dream," Price said. 

"I'm overwhelmed first and foremost, I didn't expect this to happen. I didn't expect to be here. But it's a good feeling to see my daughter, she said she hasn't seen her dad in two months which is true because I've been in the hospital that long. And I just feel blessed more than anything else and I give God all the glory," Pearson said.

Like a fairytale ending, he got there the night before and was able to take the walk that dads and daughters dream of.

"To be able to march down the aisle with her is going to be overwhelming expect to see some tears, tears of joy," Pearson said. "I got another son now in Jonathan and I praise God for that and I need him in my life and I wouldn't have another guy be with Alexandra but him and that's going to be an overwhelming point to see him and her at the altar."

It wasn't just a dream come true for him. Price had her dream day too.

"It was amazing since he wasn't supposed to be here it was just amazing to have him sickness and all here and it just made me feel really happy and whole and complete," Price said it's a feeling she'll never forget. "But right now I feel good, I feel like a father who's doing what he's supposed to do"
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