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She also speaks a few words occasionally, again defying doctors' expectations.Her parents say it's unlikely she'll ever be married in earnest, but that doesn't mean her dreams of being a bride can't come true.

Like many brides, Lori Dawn, 42, had dreamed of this day for a very long timeā€”flipping through wedding magazines and watching every wedding-centric reality show she came across.

The ceremony and reception, which took place at the bride's family's home in Colonial Heights, VA, was actually all part of an elaborate birthday party thrown for Lori by her parents.

Lori was born with cerebral palsy and several other complications, and wasn't expected to live for long.

She was never supposed to walk either, WTVR reports, but she does.

Minnesota mom Jean Abbott discovered that she had been misdiagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy for more than three decades.

And with the help of a single doctor and a new pill, she learned to walk on her own again. The bride wore her mother's tailored wedding dress and carried a bouquet of red roses.The groom sported a red polyester jacket, white gloves, sunglasses and a wig of dark curly hair.he family saw Michael Jackson in Las Vegas years ago, and when the pop star knelt and kissed Lori's hand "she about passed out," Swearingen explained, laughing.At an age when other children were enjoying life's priceless moments, Marlene Klepees had to face its cruelest tortures.Weighing less than two pounds at birth, she developed cerebral palsy, a disease that left her crippled...