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Amy Schumer overcome with emotion as wheelchair-bound father stands

by WENN November 19th, 2017, 8:59 am

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Amy Schumer was overcome with emotion on Thursday when her wheelchair-bound father stood up for the first time in years.

Gorden, the father of the 36-year-old actress and comedian, suffers from multiple sclerosis, meaning he has been reliant on a wheelchair to get around. But on Thursday, Gordon used a medical device which enabled him to stand – with Amy sharing a video of the poignant moment on Instagram.

"My dad stood today with the help of a device. But he stood," Snatched star Amy captioned the video. "Thank you to his nurse Sam. Dr Kanter and Dr Sadiq everyone at Tish for their MS stem cell work. Also Pure Prairie League for their song Aime his favorite song. We had a good day."

The video begins with Gordon joking that he "hates this song" as Aime begins to play, before telling the doctor, "Amy was named after this song".

As Amy walks towards her father, she gives him a hug, before telling him: "We haven't stood next to each other in a while."

Amy is seen dancing as the song plays, while her father looks on and smiles, before leaning her head on his shoulder – apparently entirely overcome with emotion.

Gordon was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord and can cause a wide array of symptoms including problems with arm and leg movement and vision, when Amy was just 12 years old.

Speaking about her father's illness during an interview with Barbara Walters in 2015, Amy explained: "Some days, he's really good and he's with it and we're joking. And some days I go to visit my dad and it's so painful. I can't believe it."

"In terms of my dad being sick, it was just confusing to me, especially the way MS works. He was in physical pain. That's when I kind of took the lead and took care of everybody in my family. I would keep them – I would keep everybody laughing."

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