CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – December 30, 2005 is a day that changed Adam Gorlitsky‘s life forever.
Born and raised in Charleston, he fell asleep behind the wheel on his way back from the University of South Carolina his sophomore year.
Paralyzed from the waist down, but Adam is now back on his feet and helping others do the same thing.
But the machine, the exoskeleton, Adam Gorlitsky uses to help him walk has a unique kind of name.
He calls it Betty Carlton, and now that you know it’s name, you can see how it has changed his life because for ten years after that terrible accident. It was hard for Adam to stay positive.
Hope restored in July of 2015 when Gorlitsky was introduced to this re-walk exoskeleton at Roper St. Francis hospital.
This man and machine doing things that have never been done before. In 2016, it took Adam 7 hours but he completed the Cooper River Bridge Run and just two months ago, he finished a half marathon, 13. 1 miles in Portland. It took him 20 hours, the first person to ever accomplish such a feat.
That fund is a non profit called “I GOT LEGS” originally started as a fundraiser by Gorlitsky to help him pay for this exoskeleton. Now raising money to help people who are paralyzed to walk once again just like him.
Adam’s next goal is to complete an entire marathon over 26 miles.