Jonathan Goodwin was left paralysed after a stunt went wrong his fiancee said. Photo: BBC
Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, 42, has been left paralysed after an accident, his fiancée Amanda Abbington has said.
The Sherlock actress said he nearly died twice after last year’s accident during rehearsals for America’s Got Talent: Extreme.
BBC reports that Abbington said the stunt ace, who appeared in the 2019 season of Britain’s Got Talent, now uses a wheelchair.
He was supposed to escape a strait jacket while upside down 30ft in the air in between 2 suspended cars.
Instead, Mr Goodwin became crushed between them as they caught on fire.
Ms Abbington, 48, told Jay Rayner’s Out To Lunch podcast: “He fell 30ft 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.”
“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,” she said.
The actress said the stuntman sent a voice note before his surgery to say there was a 50% chance he would not make it.
He told her he loved her and thanked her for the past few months of his life with her.
The couple were initially friends on social media for about 10 years. Abbington followed him as her son Joe thought his act was “amazing”.
Writing by Muzha Kucha