Johnny was born with severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy. He can't breathe without a special machine, and is unable to swallow or eat without assistance. He suffers from seizures and has no control of his body, according to his mom. Johnny also can't sit up for long periods of time, so he spends most of his day lying down, his body attached to various machines with tubes and cords.
Despite Johnny's physical limitations, his mom said he's cognitively aware. "He's trapped in his body," Scandasis-Finn explained. "He knows what is going on around him but cannot do anything about it."
Unable to do the same things as other children his age, Johnny was depressed for quite some time. But everything changed when he met a sweet golden retriever named Lexi.