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Wheelchair-Bound Russian Man Builds Solar-Powered Elevator To Hoist Himself Onto Balcony


Wheelchair-Bound Russian Man Builds Solar-Powered Elevator To Hoist Himself Onto Balcony

A wheelchair-bound Russian man has built a DIY solar-powered elevator to lift himself into his third-floor apartment.

Alexander Yudin, 69, of Timashevsk, Russia designed and built the contraption himself three years ago after losing a leg in a serious car accident.

Video footage released this month by Inside Edition shows tech-bro Alexander operating the lift.

He said: "I was lying with a cast and thinking how to avoid immobilising myself, how to get myself out of this situation."


Alexander's building offered no options for disabled residents like him and its stairwell was far too narrow to fit the breadth of his wheelchair.

"Even when I get up, one more person is needed for me to get out of the house," he said.

"Since everyone is at work, it was not an option.


"I thought about it a lot and opted for some sort of elevator."

The elevator uses a harness to lift Alexander from the ground and onto his balcony.

All he needs to strap in is clip a few carabiners onto the metal chassis of his chair.

When he reaches the top he only needs to open a gate, remove the clips, and roll in.

Credit: Inside Edition
Credit: Inside Edition

The Russian said: "I did not want to be just lying around at home and waiting for something to happen, for someone to bring me food, or being immobile, just sit at the balcony and look out."

Alexander took months to build his elevator using skills gained through his trade as an electrician.

It was, in fact, a fall which broke his only functioning leg that inspired the creation.


Alexander said that the device has returned his life to him.

He's also been able to secure a job, and socialises with other people outside his home thanks to his new-found freedom.

Credit: Inside Edition
Credit: Inside Edition

One YouTube user commented: "Doesn't matter if you're old or young, if you keep inventing, you get something done!"


Another commented: "As a disabled person who has been dependent on a wheelchair for my entire adult life-- I can't imagine living without ADA Accommodations.

"This man is a genius!! He should patent that design."

Featured Image Credit: Inside Edition

Topics: US News, Technology

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