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Paraplegic Built a DIY Elevator for His Apartment Building

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When Dmitry Bibikow, a paralyzed 32-year-old man from Russia, bought his apartment, the building owners promised to build an elevator for him. They lied. Dmitry waited six years and with no elevator in sight, decided to build his own.

Because of bureaucracy or ineptitude or deceit or whatever happens that make people go back on their word, the local council never built Dmitry his elevator. Dmitry, who lived on the 5th floor of the apartment, said:

"Living on the fifth floor without a lift was a nightmare because I couldn't get in or out of the block without someone's help. It was like being in a prison—so I decided to sort it out myself."


So with the help of some of his friends, Dmitry put together a basic chair lift that allowed him to scale the side of his building. It looks exceedingly bare bones—a few ropes and handles at best—but the lift can be controlled electronically and Dmitry claims that he can even beat people to the 5th floor. Take that, you stupid liars who didn't build the elevator for him. See you at the top, baby. [Daily Mail]

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