Man paralysed after America's Got Talent stunt goes horribly wrong

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A daring escapologist has been left paralysed after a stunt during a rehearsal for America's Got Talent: Extreme went horribly wrong.

Jonathan Goodwin severed his spinal cord, shattered both his legs and lost a kidney on set of the TV show last October.

Jonathan was rehearsing a stunt that involved being suspended in a straitjacket between two cars when the horrific incident occurred.

Footage showed the 42-year-old being crushed between the two cars in a fiery scene.

Jonathan Goodwin in his hospital bed.
Jonathan Goodwin is paralysed after a stunt during a rehearsal for America's Got Talent: Extreme. Source: Instagram/@jonathangoodwinofficial

His fiancée, Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington, told the Out To Lunch podcast the stuntman was lucky to be alive.

"They were supposed to release the cars just as he gets out of the straitjacket and falls onto an airbag," Amanda said.


"They misjudged it, they let the cars go, they let him go and he smashed in between the two cars, they set on fire and the crash mat wasn’t moved, so he fell 30ft.

“He did me a FaceTime message before he went into surgery and said 'There’s a 50-50 chance I won’t make this'," she said.

Jonathan Goodwin and Amanda Abbington embrace.
Jonathan Goodwin and his partner Amanda Abbington. Source: Instagram/@jonathangoodwinofficial

After a gruelling four months in hospital, Jonathan was finally able to go home. He posted a photo of him from his hospital bed following the incident, showing he was remaining positive despite his injuries.

"You can't say you don't get out what you put in. I've tried my hardest over the years to be kind, thoughtful, honest, supportive and good," he wrote.

"A couple of days ago my life took a complete turn ... and the outpouring of love from all corners of the world: from people I didn't even think would know or remember me ... has just been astonishing. Truly incredible.

"Most importantly my fiancée and the best thing to ever happen to me, Amanda. I have been to the very brink and dodged the worst that a human being can, without fear ... because I was protected by love. Love is all you need, so make sure you get some, cos it's good s**t.

"There is a long road to recovery and that won't look like what it did ... I may leave the daft s**t alone for a while, but I have a lot left to do in this world."

On Wednesday Jonathan posted a photo of him in his wheelchair with his dog on his lap.

"I went to rehearse something and left this little hairy monkey waiting patiently for me ... he didn't see his dad again until just a couple of weeks ago and when he finally did, dad had new cool wheels. A lot has changed in the last six months, but love is a constant and I am very, very loved. Looking forward to my next chapters and being a 'roll' model."

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