A man paralyzed in a tragic accident made his girlfriend’s dream proposal come true when he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him using a robotic exoskeleton.
Using the portable electromechanical device, Josh Smith, 30, of Richmond, Virginia, was able to surprise the love of his life, Grace Thompson, in more ways than one when he asked the question on June 25.
A video of the heartwarming proposal shared by Good morning America, shows Smith on one knee with a ring box in his hand — a scene that shocked his bride-to-be.
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Defying the odds: Josh Smith, 30, of Richmond, Virginia, used a robotic exoskeleton to surprise the love of his life, Grace Thompson, with her dream proposal
Surprise! A video of the heartwarming moment shows Smith – who is paralyzed from the neck down – on one knee with a ring box in hand, a scene that shocked his bride-to-be
Involved: Thompson responded enthusiastically, ‘Yes!’ and they shared a sweet kiss
‘Are you serious?’ she asked in surprise.
“I’m dead serious,” he replied. “You are the most amazing thing in my life. I’m so glad God put you in my life. You are the most perfect person for me, and I am so happy to have you. I have another question. Will you marry me?
Thompson responded enthusiastically: ‘Yes!’ and they shared a sweet kiss.
In 2014, Smith’s life changed forever after he suffered a C-6 quadriplegia in an accident on Virginia Beach.
Tragic Accident: Smith’s life changed forever in 2014 when he plunged into a wave in Virginia Beach and hit his head on a sandbar, instantly paralyzing him from the neck down
Love at first swipe: He met Thompson on Bumble last February, and they hooked up right away
Dream come true: Smith was able to surprise Thompson and make her the proposal she always had in mind using the exoskeleton he uses in physical therapy
“I dived into a wave like I’ve often done in the past. This time there was a sandbar,’ he said WWBT. “My head immediately hit the sandbar and I was paralyzed from the neck down.”
Last February, year after his accident, he matched up with Thompson on Bumble, and they had an instant connection. Soon they were planning their future together.
“When a little girl thinks about getting married and all that, you always see the guy on one knee,” Thompson told the news station. “I just had to change my view.”
Smith was determined to make Thompson the proposition she’d always envisioned, and thanks to his family, friends, therapists, and the exoskeleton he uses in physical therapy, he was able to make it happen.
Wedding bells: The couple said ‘I do’ in a small ceremony on July 19, less than a month after he proposed
Following: Smith and Thompson plan to hold a bigger wedding ceremony next year
Aww: ‘I love her so much so I want to be able to give her everything I can,’ Smith told WWBT earlier this month
“I knew I wanted to do something special for her and surprise her,” he said. ‘The exoskeleton I used during the proposal had been used a few times during the therapy. I knew the device, but I’d never seen anyone use it to get on one knee.”
When Smith got down on one knee last month, he gave Thompson a ring with a diamond that belonged to her grandmother.
“I love her so much, so I want to be able to give her everything I can,” he said. “Sometimes I can’t, but when I find areas where I can, I do my very best to do it.”
The couple married in a small ceremony on July 19, with plans to hold a larger wedding next year, WWBT reported.