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Wheelchair-bound man builds a solar-powered ‘elevator’ to winch himself into apartment [Video]


Wheelchair-bound Russian man builds a solar-powered ‘elevator’ to winch himself into his third-floor apartment via the balcony

  • Alexander Yudin, 69,  can be seen getting to his third-floor apartment in Timashevsk, Russia, in an unusual way in a device he designed and made himself
  • The clip shows him being lifted up the side of the building to his balcony
  • When he gets there, he opens a gate and pulls himself in to get back home
  • He built the device after he found his block lacked the facilities he needed  


A wheelchair-bound man has demonstrated his ingenious solar-powered ‘elevator’ which lifts him up and down to his third-floor apartment. 

Footage shows Alexander Yudin, 69, being lifted off the ground and carried up to his third-floor apartment balcony in Timashevsk, Russia in a lift he designed. 

The video shows him arriving outside his apartment block and waiting for the harness to lower down from his balcony. 

He is then seen attaching it to his wheelchair before it lifts him off the ground and up the outside of the apartment block. 

He eventually reaches his bacony where he opens up a gate, straightens up his wheelchair and slides in. 

The footage also shows the solar panels powering the contraption, built onto the side of Mr Yudin’s apartment, near to windows.   

Alexander Yudin, 69, built the ‘elevator’ alongside his apartment in Timashevsk, Russia 

He securely straps himself into the contraption before it begins to lift him off the ground

He securely straps himself into the contraption before it begins to lift him off the ground 

Mr Yudin accesses his home at the top of the lift by opening a gate and swinging his body and wheelchair to get inside

Mr Yudin accesses his home at the top of the lift by opening a gate and swinging his body and wheelchair to get inside

The video shows Mr Yudin being lifted up to his apartment on the third floor

The video shows Mr Yudin being lifted up to his apartment on the third floor 

An electrician by trade, Mr Yudin took months to build the contraption

An electrician by trade, Mr Yudin took months to build the contraption

An electrician by trade, Mr Yudin took months to build the contraption, which runs on solar power, after a car accident in which he lost his ability to walk. 

His apartment block lacked facilities for low-mobility residents and the stairs are too narrow to accommodate his wheelchair so Mr Yudin took it upon himself to create a unique way for him to get out and about.  

Speaking to Reuters, he said: ‘I was lying with a cast and thinking how to avoid immobilising myself, how to get myself out of this situation. 

‘Even when I get up, one more person is needed for me to get out of the house. Since everyone is at work, it was not an option. 

Mr Yudin said he made the elevator so that he could get out of his apartment without relying on someone else to help him

Mr Yudin said he made the elevator so that he could get out of his apartment without relying on someone else to help him 

He said the device has given him independence and allowed him to work and socialise

He said the device has given him independence and allowed him to work and socialise 

The footage also shows the solar panels powering the contraption, built onto the side of Mr Yudin's apartmen

The footage also shows the solar panels powering the contraption, built onto the side of Mr Yudin’s apartmen

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

‘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.’

He added that his device has given him his life back, and that he has a job and socialises with others outside his home. 

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