A Co Louth farmer, who is paralysed from the waist down, has designed a hoist to allow him to get in and out of his tractor without help, as reported by RTÉ news.
The 37-year-old lost the power from the waist down after fracturing a vertebra in his back during an accident whilst on his way to work in 2013. A Subsequent operation to repair and support the bone resulted in his paralysation.
“In April 2013, I was on my way to work and I had a single-vehicle accident. I had fractured one of my vertebrae and needed an operation to support it.” The farmer said to RTÉ news.
“Unfortunately, the operation wasn’t a success and as a result of that I ended up paralysed from the waist down.” He added.
As Martin always had a keen interest in agriculture and had always helped out on the family farm prior to his accident, not being able to help out following the accident was a big blow to the Louth man. The main issue for the farmer when going out on the farm was getting in and out of the tractor.
This led to Martin developing a hoist to enable him to get in and out of the tractor, without any help. Before this, he had to try and pull himself up onto the tractor or do so using a chicken coop as a step.
“Before the hoist, it was quite awkward.” He said.
The farmer said he decided to develop the design as he didn’t feel comfortable asking his family to constantly lift him in and out.
“I just didn’t feel comfortable with anyone trying to do all that for me.” Martin said.
“I wanted to try and be more independent.”
Thanks to Martin’s revolutionary design he can now work on the family farm on a part-time basis alongside his father, something he is delighted about.
“It's great. It is great for the head and stuff like that.” He said.
“It is great to be able to come down and help out, instead of being helped.”
Check out Martin's interview on the hoist with RTÉ News below!