Dying father walked daughter down the aisle on stretcher

Heartbreaking moment a father ‘walked’ his daughter down the aisle on a stretcher to fulfil his last wish days before he died of cancer

  • Pedro Villarin, 65, from the Philippines was battling terminal liver cancer
  • Planned to escort bride Charlotte down aisle in a wheelchair but was too weak
  • Relatives pulled stretcher to altar as he held daughter’s hand
  • Daughter said it was comfort knowing he fulfilled dream before he died  

This is the heartbreaking moment a dying father ‘walked’ his daughter down the aisle for her wedding while lying on a stretcher.

Pedro Villarin, 65, was suffering from terminal liver cancer, but it was his last wish to walk his daughter Charlotte Villarin down the aisle for her wedding to Mark Cordova.

The couple brought the date forward by two months when Pedro’s health began to deteriorate to ensure he was there. 

He had been bedridden after battling cancer for a year, so the family hired an ambulance and a private nurse to take him to the ceremony in the city of Las Pinas, part of the Philippines’ National Capital Region of Metro Manila.

The plan was for Mr Villarin to escort his daughter down the aisle in a wheelchair but he was not strong enough, so they used the ambulance stretcher instead.

He passed away on 12th August, three days after the ceremony.

Pedro Villarin, 65, walked his daughter Charlotte down the aisle at her wedding in Manila, the Philippines in August 2018 while being pulled on an ambulance stretcher as he held her hand, fulfilling his dying wish days before he succumbed to cancer 

Charlotte kisses her father in the ambulance which ferried him to the wedding. He’d hoped to escort his daughter down the aisle in a wheelchair, but was too weak 

Relatives and wedding organisers helped to pull the stretcher towards the altar while the dying man held onto his daughter’s hand.

‘This was really an emotional moment,’ Ms Villarin said. ‘My father’s one wish was to see his daughter married and we made it come true for him. 

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‘It made the day very bittersweet. It hurt me knowing that he would be leaving us but I was happy that he was there. I am happy he could see me get married 

Wedding photographer Law Tapalla said: ‘Pedro Villarin walked his daughter down the aisle like any father would have even if his health made this a difficult endeavor.’

Charlotte and wedding guests greet Pedro in the ambulance. The devoted father’s dying wish was to see his daughter get married and the ceremony was brought forward by two months to ensure he was there

Charlotte’s husband Mark Cordova shares a tender moment with her dying father Pedro on their wedding day in Manila in August 2018 

His daughter later revealed the sad news that her father had died within days of the ceremony.

Ms Villarin said: ‘That wedding was really for him because he wanted to walk with me to the altar and witness my wedding since, according to him, I was his favorite daughter.’

She also said that she had feared her father would not be able to attend the ceremony as he had recently been admitted to hospital in extreme pain.

‘We were going back and forth in the hospital beforehand,’ she said.

‘We hired an ambulance and a private nurse. We thought he would be able to sit on a wheelchair, but he couldn’t take it and used the stretcher from the ambulance instead.

‘But he really sacrificed because he felt pain in that moment. And we thank God for allowing that to happen.’

Bride Charlotte and her mother on their way down the aisle. Charlotte said her father was so determined to be there as he told her she was his favourite daughter 

The happy couple said their wedding day in Manila earlier this month was bittersweet as they knew they would soon have to say goodbye to her father Pedro who had terminal liver cancer 

Sharing a photograph of her kissing her father during the wedding on social media, Ms Villarin said: ‘Papu, I love you so much.’

She added: ‘It was really painful. But knowing that he left this world, fulfilling his dream, I’m happy already no matter what.’

The wedding video and photographs have been shared on social media where they are proving a moving experience for users.

One commenter ‘Aying Jomuad Babas’ said: ‘A parent’s love is priceless’, while ‘Rhea Nisola Osia’ commented: ‘This is love’.

Charlotte and Mark on their wedding day. Three days after they tied the knot in Manila, her father Pedro died from cancer 


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