Mt. Sinai toddler defies the odds following tragic accident

Easton Clark is a little boy whose smile lights up a room. His parents David and Ashlie say he's the strongest person they know and over the last two months, the Holbrook family has needed every ounce of that strength.

News 12 Staff

May 12, 2021, 3:22 AM

Updated 1,163 days ago

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Easton Clark is a little boy whose smile lights up a room.
His parents David and Ashlie say he's the strongest person they know and over the last two months, the Holbrook family has needed every ounce of that strength.
"We were told the worst so from day one we were completely devastated," said father David Clark.
Here's the story of what happened to Easton Clark: Since David Clark coaches baseball at Mt. Sinai High, let's call it a comeback story.
"I was taking him up the stairs to go for a nap as I just felt extremely lightheaded, at the moment that was the last thing I remember was going upstairs," said David Clark.
He then called his brother and asked him to drive to the hospital because his son was hurt.
David Clark doesn't know why he blacked out on the stairs but when he came to, Easton had suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury and was rushed here to Stony Brook hospital.
"We were told worst case scenario, which was he might not ever walk or move his arms and he had full paralsysis of his limbs, so we didnt see him move anything," David Clark said.
But after undergoing multiple surgeries, the comeback story began.
Easton's toes started moving.
"Then we slowy started to see him just twitch and he's still smiling throughout the whole way," David Clark said.
And after 18 days in the pediatric ICU, Easton's smiles spread throughout the hospital unit.
A baseball curtain call, if you will. Easton was moving to second base.Third base: Shriners Hospitals for Children in Pennsylvania, where Easton is getting stronger and stronger.
"He's just proving everybody wrong. Way stronger than me and david combined and I think he's the one that keeps us strong. I mean just watching him do four to five hours of therapy a day and just smiling through, it's crazy," Ashlie Fedele said.
And those hours of therapy can be costly.
A "Home Runs for Easton" fundraiser was held by the Mt. Sinai community to help out their little slugger.
"We could've never expected the amount of support that we've gotten," Ashlie Fedele said. "There are no words what complete strangers are doing for us."
And as the community rallies, so has Easton.
He's expected to cross home plate later this month and return home to Long Island.
"He's the strongest person I know," his father said.
Nearly $150,000 has been raised to help Easton.
If you'd like to donate, you can go to this GoFundMe link.


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