What condition is Johnny in after the fire in "The Outsiders"?no

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dswain001 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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While trying to save the last of the children from the church, the roof begins to collapse on the boys. Johnny pushes Ponyboy out of the building just as a large piece of timber falls on top of him.

Johnny receives severe third degree burns on much of his body. His back is broken and the doctors inform Darry and Ponyboy that Johnny will most likely be paralyzed if he survives his injuries. While Ponyboy and Dallas soon recover from their injuries, Johnny seems to get worse as the days pass. He hangs on for about a week before he finally succumbs to his injuries. He passes away the night of the rumble. Ponyboy and Dallas arrive just as Johnny passes away.


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dragonoid | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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It says that Johnny was in critical condition and that he broke his back after the piece of wood hit him.


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matthiasb | eNotes Newbie

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Ponyboy says " His back had been broken when that piece of timber fell on him. He was in severe shock and suffering from third-degree burns"

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aprovan | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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good condition.Probably the best condition of his life I think. No but he is in critical condition in the hospital with horrible burns on his body and he broke his back after a large burning timber fell on him while he was saving some kids in a burning church. He says he can't feel anything from the waist down