The uplifting story of a Navy SEAL who battled back from a coma that left him with only a 10 percent chance to live following a traumatic car accident went viral this month after his wife released an unbelievably heartwarming video of the SEAL walking and embracing her for the first time in months.
Jonathan Grant, 36, was serving as a combat medic instructor in Fort Bragg at the time of the car accident. The wreck left him in a coma with a diffuse axonal injury, circumstances that doctors believed offered Grant only a 10 percent survival rate. But, in an amazing demonstration of the human brain’s ability to recover with time, Grant soon began to get better.
His wife, Laura, a Pilates instructor, uprooted her life to be by her husband’s side for his recovery, moving near the rehabilitation facility where he can receive intensive physical therapy in Richmond, Virginia. On July 11, she captured on video the unbelievable progress Grant has made.
While still unable to speak, Grant stood with the assistance of the physical therapist, mouthed words to his wife in a soft whisper, embraced her, and even managed to give her a kiss, leaning his head on her shoulder.
“Too special not to share,” read Laura’s Instagram post.
The GoFundMe page for Grant details that he served three deployments overseas and earned the prestigious trident of a Navy SEAL in 2007. The outpouring of support has been heartwarming for Laura, as thousands offered words of kindness in the comment section of the video and the fundraiser has nearly reached its goal of $100,000.
“John only had a 10 percent chance of surviving, let alone be able to do some of the things he’s already accomplished… The human brain has an amazing ability to heal itself with time, but in John’s case, God’s healing hand is clearly evident,” she told The Knot.
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