Lyle Fleming can walk for the first time in six years with the help of a pair of bionic legs.
The former lineman of the Logan County, West Virginia power company was in a terrible accident while working and paralyzed him from the waist down and has since been confined to a wheelchair.
But with the help of an & # 39; exoskeleton & # 39; Fleming recently took his first steps, a heartwarming moment captured in one ABC news video.
After two months of learning how to work and moving his new machine-supported legs, Fleming was able to take the exoskeleton home.
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After being paralyzed for six years from his waist, Lyle Fleming let the exego skeleton Lyle Fleming walk again with a little certainty from his father
& # 39; It's just so emotional, man, the feeling of being able to get up after six years & # 39 ;, said a tearing Fleming.
& # 39; It's great. & # 39;
Fleming & # 39; s is one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
From 2016, the death rate for line men was 19.2 per every 100,000 employees.
In 2013, he fell 30 feet from an electric pole.
Fleming was lucky enough to survive the dive, but his spinal cord was irreversibly damaged.
He did his best to adapt to the use of a wheelchair – but it was not easy.
& # 39; When you sit in a chair, you feel that you are not fitting properly, & # 39; he said.
The act of getting out of his wheelchair was & # 39; so emotional & # 39; for Fleming, he told ABC (left) Fleming trained with physiotherapists and Indego trainer during two months learning how to operate the device (right)
The exoskeleton software can detect when Fleming is leaning forward by the component that is carried around his hips, and signals the device to send force to his legs and propel his steps
& # 39; You really aren't, but that's just part of the emotion you're experiencing. & # 39;
So when he heard about a hip and leg exoskeleton designed by Indego, Fleming took the opportunity to try it out and get up again.
The innovative bionic legs wrap around the hips and legs and respond to the lean position of the wearer to drive their leg movement.
As the wearer leans forward, the legs become more powerful to help a patient with the spinal cord injury move.
As with operating any machine, some practice is needed to learn how to work with the exoskeleton.
It is used for the first time during physical therapy, where a trainer helps the patient learn new assisted movements for different types of movements, such as moving forward over flat ground or climbing stairs.
Fleming worked with his trainers for two months.
His early were assisted by his father, under the supervision of one of his trainers, Trevor Shamblin.
Touched by experience and how it will change his life in the future, Fleming fought back tears, explaining what it feels like to stand up again after six years
After he got used to his new bionic legs, Fleming could go home with the exoskeleton.
For someone who had seen hope slip away over the past six years, the exoskeleton Fleming has given a new lease of life.
Regaining the use of his lower half has reaffirmed his motivation to continue and has made simple tasks easier for Fleming.
& # 39; You are only a failure if you give it up, & # 39; he said.
And now he's far from it, back to enjoying activities that he thought would be impossible for the rest of his life.
& # 39; It helps me to just be functional, to be able to walk in the park, play games & # 39 ;, says Fleming.
& # 39; You feel normal again. & # 39;
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