Stuntman Jonathan Goodwin, who is engaged to British actress Amanda Abbington, was left paralyzed for life after a fireball stunt went horribly wrong, and he fell 30 feet while trying to escape from a straight jacket
Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin shared his first wheelchair photo after it was revealed he was paralyzed.
The 42-year-old Welsh stuntman, who has also appeared on the American version of the ITV talent show, was left with life-changing injuries when a stunt went horribly wrong in October last year, during filming for America’s Got Talent: Extreme.
Jonathan was trying to escape from a straight jacket while suspended 30 feet in the air between two burning cars at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia, but instead, he was crushed between the two vehicles and fell 30 feet to the ground.
He was hospitalized for four months, and his fiancée, actress Amanda Abbington, recently revealed Jonathan had severed his spinal cord, suffered third degree burns, broke his spine and shattered his legs.
It’s unlikely that he will ever walk again, and Jonathan addressed the long-term implications of his injuries in a positive post on social media.
Posting the first picture of him in a wheelchair, he revealed he’d been separated from his beloved dog while in hospital recovering.
“Six months ago I went to rehearse something and left this little hairy monkey waiting patiently for me…” Jonathan began.
“He didn’t see his dad again until just a couple of weeks ago and when he finally did, dad had new cool wheels,” he continued.
“A lot has changed in the last six months, but love is a constant and I’m very very loved. Looking forward to my next chapters and being a roll model, ”he added.
He took to his Instagram Stories and shared another picture of himself, as told his followers being paralyzed was “likely a permanent sitch (sic)”.
“Thanks for all the love and lovely messages. To answer some questions, I have a T11 spinal cord injury which means I’m paralyzed from the waist down, ”Jonathan explained.
“It’s likely a permanent sitch. If any of you want to race though, I’m pretty sure I can beat you #bringit, ”he joked.
During an interview on the Out to Lunch podcast with Jay Rayner, the Sherlock star discussed her fiancé’s accident, and said the cars involved in the stunt were released too early, leading to Jonathan being crushed.
“He fell 30 feet and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs. Third degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and, nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again, ”she shared.
“He’s paralyzed now he’s in a wheelchair. Unless there’s a kind of stem cell surgery or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, he’ll be like that forever, ”Amanda sadly added.