J.R. revealed to ET's Christina McLarty that while in recovery from his horrific accident, he had 33 surgeries in 34 months. As his burns covered more than 34 percent of his body, J.R. needed to use skin grafts to cover some of the damaged areas. Doctors were forced to take extreme measures, using saline implants to expand his skin in the scalp and chest so that there would be enough to cover the worst areas.
"I never had thoughts of suicide," said J.R. when asked about his darkest moments. "But I did have plenty of thoughts of, 'I would've been better off if I wouldn't have been pulled out of the truck.'"