A wedding anniversary is supposed to be spent in the arms of your spouse, whether through a candlelit supper, an out-of-town excursion, or simply cuddling.
This is how Navy Seal Jonathan Grant and pilates instructor Laura Browning Grant expected their fifth wedding anniversary to go, but fate had other plans.
The charming couple, who had been married since 2012, was enduring one of their most difficult battles just a few weeks before their anniversary.
Jonathan, a Navy Seal who had been deployed three times overseas, was killed in an automobile accident while on duty in North Carolina.
The combat medic instructor of the Navy Seal remained unresponsive at the collision site as a result of the terrible car accident. As a result, he sustained catastrophic brain damage known as a diffuse axonal injury and went into a coma.
While experts questioned whether Jonathan would be able to wake up, stand, or speak again, his wife remained optimistic. Jonathan awoke two months after being in a coma.
Jonathan has been working tirelessly every day since he awoke from unconscious to fully recuperate. And, while he has yet to regain his ability to speak, he has been able to re-learn how to feed on his own.
Furthermore, the Navy Seal was attempting to learn how to stand without assistance.
Laura, Jonathan’s wife, is a dedicated and supportive wife to her husband, much as Jonathan worked persistently to make significant changes to his health. Laura even uses her experience as a Pilates instructor to assist her husband’s recovery.
“As soon as we got into the ICU I knew that movement was going to heal,” Laura shared.
“So just laying there, his body is not going to be able to circulate correctly. So I would massage his feet every night because in Pilates we always start from the feet and go up.”
Jonathan is making significant progress toward his holistic rehabilitation by participating in numerous therapies such as physical, speech, occupational, and recreational therapies.
Laura shared an awesome video of Jonathan taking his first steps, which he chose to celebrate with a kiss, in the middle of July.
The beautiful incident, which was taken on camera and posted on Instagram, quickly went viral, garnering over 4 million views and an outpouring of support from netizens.
“The physical therapist asked if I wanted to help,” Laura shared with The Knot. “I threw my flip-flops off, rolled my pants up, and jumped right in.”
The supportive wife also added that Jonathan’s steps and his touching kiss reminded her of their wedding day which took place at the Rose Hill Plantation in North Carolina.
«We hadn’t stood and held each other since before the accident.» But the moment we lifted him up, he began kissing my neck.» Jonathan simply cannot stop himself from showing his love for his wife, whom he clearly misses.
Laura also expressed how much love and support their relationship has received from people all across the world.
According to the supporting wife, she received hundreds of emails and messages on Instagram from individuals who said that her enthusiasm in their circumstances inspired them to believe that good people still exist and that TRUE LOVE exists.
Many people also expressed how Laura and Jonathan restored their faith in true love.
A GoFundMe page was also set up to help fund Jonathan’s medical expenses after his military benefits ran out.
15 months later, because of the incredible generosity and goodwill of those who learned about their tale, the couple has surpassed their goal of raising $200,000.
As of today, the Navy Seal veteran is getting one step closer to his full recovery as the day goes by. His improvement and development can be seen on his proud wife’s Instagram account.
True enough, rising over the obstacles and hurdles life throw at us is hard. However, sharing these burdens with someone who never ceases to believe and support us, sure makes the baggage lighter.
Watch the inspiring and touching video of Jonathan and Laura below, proving to the world that true love does not only exist in fairy tales but can be seen in real life as well.