“America’s Got Talent: Extreme” star Jonathan Goodwin has been left paralyzed and living his life in a wheelchair after an accident in 2021. “Sherlock” actress Amanda Abbington, his fiancée, opened up about Goodwin’s condition on Monday’s episode of the “Out to Lunch” podcast and revealed how he has been adjusting to his new life after the mishap.

The horrifying accident happened in October while the former stuntman was rehearsing an escape act for “AGT: Extreme” at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He was performing a stunt in which he would hang upside down 30 feet in the air between two suspended cars and escape from a straitjacket. However, the cars were released too soon and Goodwin was crushed between them as they burst into flames.

According to Abbington, the accident almost killed Goodwin. “He fell 30 feet and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs,” she said. “Third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.”

“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,” she continued.

Despite the ordeal, Abbington said Goodwin has stayed “positive and upbeat and so strong.” “His courage and his strength is something that I just aspire to be like. He’s just incredible, honestly, like so happy, just like a very happy, positive human being, just liquid sunshine. He’s amazing,” she added.

On Tuesday, Goodwin took to Instagram to share for the first time a photo of himself in his wheelchair. “6 months ago, 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,” he captioned his post.

Goodwin went on to say that a lot has changed in his life in the last 6 months but he’s thankful for all the love he has been given. “Looking forward to my next chapters and being a roll model,” he said.

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Representational image of a paralyzed woman in a wheelchair. Getty Images/ Mark Wilson