CHARLESTON, W. VA. – Lyle Fleming was able to get up out of his wheelchair and walk with the help of some bionic legs called an Indego exoskeleton. It’s worn around the waist and legs that allows people with spinal cord injuries to walk.
Lyle says he’s been in a wheelchair for six years since falling 30 feet off a pole while working on a job. Monday, after two months working with physical therapists at a clinic in South Charleston, he got to take this futuristic device home.
“It makes you feel normal again. You feel like you fit in. When you’re in a chair, you feel like you’re a misfit. You’re really not, but that’s some of the emotions you go through,” Lyle said.
Lyle says there have been times in the last six years that he’s wanted to give up, but didn’t, and says the exoskeleton makes him feel normal again. He is the first one in West Virginia to receive this robotic device.