Though on the surface Jonny suffered only superficial injuries to his arms, legs and face, the internal trauma was horrific. As it transpired, he had diffuse axonal injury (DAI) and was bleeding in the brain. By the time Laura received the nurse’s phone call, Jonny was unresponsive and had slipped into a coma.
To put it simply, DAI is severe whiplash of the brain inside the skull. According to Laura, it can lead to internal bleeding and other related complications. So horrendous was the damage to Jonny’s brain that doctors gave him only a 10 percent chance of survival.
With no idea as to whether her husband would survive, Laura had difficulty processing the situation. As she explained to Cosmopolitan in July 2017, “I went into shock mode, thinking, ‘Tomorrow he is going to wake up and be fine and walk again.’” Sadly, that didn’t happen.