Jonathan Grant, a 36-year-old Navy SEAL, suffered a catastrophic brain injury during a car accident that left him in a coma and fighting for his life. His wife, Laura Browning Grant, stayed by his side, helping him relearn basic actions like standing. After four months, Jonathan was able to stand and kiss his wife.
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As reported by the Daily Mail, Jonathan was serving as a combat medic instructor at the time of his accident. He was initially in a coma and suffered a brain injury and brain bleeding. Doctors weren’t sure if Jonathan would pull through.
Laura left the couple’s home in North Carolina to join Jonathan in Virginia, where he was stationed. Jonathan remained in a coma for around two months after the date of the accident.
After being released from the hospital, Jonathan was transferred to a rehab facility. Laura found a place to stay nearby and spends up to ten hours each day by her husband’s side.
Jonathan is able to breathe and eat on his own, but other activities like talking, getting dressed, and brushing his teeth are still out of reach. He spends most of his time in a wheelchair but has been working with physical therapists to help regain the ability to stand.
During a physical therapy session, Laura assisted her husband as he attempted to stand. Jonathan grabbed onto two metal support bars while Laura helped lift some of his weight.
As Jonathan reaches a nearly upright position, an accomplishment noted by the trainer saying, “That’s the best you’ve stood up yet,” Jonathan takes a moment to celebrate by showering his wife with kisses.
“We hadn’t been able to stand and hold each other since before the accident, “said Laura, “but as soon as we got him up, he started kissing my neck.”
Laura went on to say, “It gave me the chills, him kissing me back. You don’t realize how much that means until it’s almost taken away from you.”