Francesco Clark was a twenty-four-year-old with a bright future when he went to the Hamptons for the weekend. A nocturnal dive into the pool's shallow end changed everything.
Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors announced that he'd never move from his bed or breathe without assistance. But Francesco fought back. Within days, he was breathing on his own. His father, a doctor himself, investigated every
opportunity for experimental treatment, and Francesco used all resources available to speed his recovery. To avoid having his lungs suctioned, he sang, loudly, for hours. And that was just the beginning.
Francesco's accident left him unable to sweat out toxins, leaving his skin less than healthy. So Francesco and his father began to experiment, and Clark's Botanicals skin care line was born. It is now sold nationwide in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Fred Segal, and featured in Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and
Seven years after the accident, Francesco continues to improve, in addition to running a thriving business.
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"Francesco Clark, founder of the Clark's Botanicals skin care line, tells about his physical and emotional recovery from a paralyzing spinal cord injury. Kirby Heyborne's re-creation of Clark's voice sounds generally hopeful, with a gentle leavening of humor. Even so, the frustrations of not being able to eat in the days after the injury and of dealing with insensitive therapists are tangible in Heyborne's voice. Heyborne's reading is quiet, but the power of Clark's optimistic message will sneak up on listeners. The memoir ends on upbeat notes as Clark's business venture gets off to a strong start and years of challenging treatment and therapy lead to the first signs of healing. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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