Paralyzed Bedford man: Apartment not accessible due to broken elevators

Published: May. 29, 2023 at 2:14 PM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2023 at 3:15 PM EDT
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BEDFORD, Ohio (WOIO) - A 30-year-old man who is wheelchair bound since he is paralyzed, has been unable to return to his apartment at Southgate Towers on Northfield Road because the elevators are broken.

Southgate Towers
Southgate Towers((Source: WOIO))

Carnell Tyrus slept in his car for three nights, but he started having health issues, so he went to MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Medical Center.

Carnell Tyrus
Carnell Tyrus((Source: Family))

“I had like leg spasms. I am prone to getting pressure sores. I was sitting up for for days straight without being able to lay down, that’s why I came here and plus I had no help,” Tyrus said.

According to a notice put up by building management, a water main break on May 23 damaged certain electrical components in both elevators.

“We apologize for any inconvenience you experience while the elevators are out of service and trust you understand we are doing everything possible to make the elevators operational as soon as possible,” posted management in the notice.

“We’re not looked at like people with these medical conditions. All they see is the person with a wheelchair or a person with a cane, nothing in place when it comes to situations like this,” said Tyrus.

19 News reached out to the management company Monday and will follow up on Tuesday.