Will Johnny live?
Johnny was hit by a falling beam from the fire in the old church. The hospital has stabilized him, but he is in critical condition. When Ponyboy goes to visit Johnny, he sees first-hand the seriousness of his young friend's injuries; Johnny is paralyzed from the waist down and has been badly burned. The gang takes the news of Johnny's condition in their own different ways, but Dally becomes extremely angry that the kid he loved like a little brother may never walk again. The boys worry especially what will become of Johnny when he has to go home, because his home life has been so dreadful and abusive up to this point.
After the rumble with the Socs, Ponyboy and Dally rush to Johnny's bedside to tell him the good news of their victory. Shortly after their arrival, Johnny passes away, telling Ponyboy "to stay gold."