US Navy SEAL Standing Up to Kiss Wife After 2-month Coma Leaves Everyone in Tears

March 13, 2019 Updated: May 3, 2019

A Navy SEAL started relearning how to walk after a car accident left him in a very lengthy coma. When he was finally able to stand up again, with the help from a physical trainer and his wife, he was filmed leaning in to kiss his wife for the first time since the accident.

Laura Browning Grant, 32, is a Pilates teacher in North Carolina. On July 12, 2017, she posted a video on her Instagram account showing her 36-year-old husband, Jon, kissing her for the first time in months after a car crash that left him in a coma for two months.

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The video has since been viewed over 3 million times and many netizens were in tears seeing Jon finally on two legs again.

Grant shared her reaction to the clip with Cosmopolitan. She said, “We hadn’t been able to stand and hold each other since before the accident, but as soon as we got him up, he started kissing my neck.

“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.”

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She was also shocked to see her post go viral. “A lot of people [in similar situations] have reached out on how much hope it’s given them,” she said.

The couple’s fifth anniversary was one month away when Grant received a call from an emergency room nurse, informing her that her husband was unresponsive after a car accident.

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Jon, a Navy SEAL serving as a combat medic instructor, sustained a brain injury, causing bleeding in the brain, which left him unconscious for two months. He also sustained other internal injuries and bruises and cuts all over his body. The doctors told Grant that he had a slim chance of survival. “I went into shock mode, thinking, ‘Tomorrow he is going to wake up and be fine and walk again,’” she said.

Grant left their home in North Carolina to stay with Jon. He was transferred to a rehab facility, where Grant stays with him for up to 10 hours a day. She had found a place nearby so she could frequently be by Jon’s side.

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After coming out of a coma, he could not talk and had to relearn many things, like how to dress and brush his teeth, though he could breathe on his own and eat his meals puréed.

“Emotionally, it’s very hard to wonder whether he loves me,” she said. “We get a little bit of head nods and mouthing, but nothing consistent. I don’t have my husband to talk to. Sometimes, when I leave the hospital at the end of the day, I think, ‘I just miss my husband.’”

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Since the accident, the finances have been tight as Grant left her Pilates studio in North Carolina to care for Jon. In addition, Jon will likely never work again.

“The hardest part is reality hitting me. I’m grieving the guy I married and our life, realizing the new life ahead will be just as beautiful,” she said.

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