Thanks to Skype, father watches daughter wed after health scare - WNEM TV 5

Thanks to Skype, father watches daughter wed after health scare

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

In order to see his daughter get married, a father turned to technology to make sure he didn't miss his little girl's big day.

Mark Smith is recovering from a serious health scare at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute.

The Lee's Summit father is expected to be OK, but the timing meant he would miss his daughter's most important day - until a little modern technology gave him the next best seat in the house.

The guests arrived, the room was beautiful - but it was the centerpiece on one simple table that made the day complete.

Smith was on the other end of a Skype camera, watching from the hospital.  He had a heart attack Thursday night during the rehearsal dinner for his daughter Tara's wedding.

The hospital set it up so he could still join in Saturday.

"This is as important of a therapy for Mr. Smith as is the surgery he is going to go under," cardiologist Dr. Tracy Stevens said.

Grandpa stepped in to walk Tara Smith down the aisle and dad could still see the moment - tears and all.

"The guys are all in suits, and they look nice, but it is the daughter in the wedding dress that is the whole crux of the whole thing," Mark Smith said.

Tara Smith wanted to put the wedding off, but her dad wouldn't hear of it.

"It was not an option, because I wanted to do whatever he wanted to do, and he wanted the wedding to happen," she said.

So the couple got an early lesson in "for better or worse."

"I get most of my joy out of making her OK, and I was faced with this thing that I couldn't really do anything to make it OK. So that was tough," groom Glenn Giron said.

But this is a pair that knows how to put laughter first and each other before anything else.  It is a lesson learned early from Tara Smith's dad.

"He's so selfless," she said.

And after Saturday, Mark Smith got his laughter back too.

"I not only get to be there, but I don't have to wear a tie," he exclaimed.

Mark Smith is due to have bypass surgery next week, and his doctors expect him to recover well.

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