Clark Rone: Living Life as a Paraplegic
Clark Rone At Uncle's Funeral
Mother's Christian Teaching Kicks In
Clark knew he was in trouble and thought he was going to die. Everyone else who found him thought he would die, too. Clark knew God. His mother had taught him the Word since he was born prematurely five weeks early. Clark was healed many times. He knew he did not deserve help from God because he had not lived the right kind of life. But he also knew that God is merciful. It is a wonderful thing to know what to do when no one on earth can help you. Clark cried out, "Jesus, thou Son of David, Have mercy on me!" He was dying, but Clark Rone was making his peace with God. The paramedics could not understand his language. He was talking to God.
Clark Rone was a fun loving guy in 1993. He had a wife, children and although there were some problems, life was good. He was six foot four inches in his bare feet and a big guy. Clark spent the evening in a club in South West Houston. When the club closed he took a short cut to the apartments where he was staying while he worked. He walked into a gang initiation of one of their members He was. a fifteen year old illegal immigrant from El Salvador. Clark was not afraid. Unfortunately the fifteen year old had a nine millimeter which he emptied into Clark Rone's body. He tried to shoot Clark in the head but Clark threw up his forearm which was broken by the force of the bullet. The teen then emptied the gun into Clark's belly. Clark did not fall down until the sixth bullet hit him.
Years later when Clark was doing prison ministry a young man walked up to him and said, "You don't know who I am, do you?" Clark looked at him and said, "Yes, I do and I forgive you."
Clark Rone came from a family who knows how to pray. Through the next three months it was touch and go for his life. His fever spiked at 105 degrees F and would not come down.
He was rushed to Ben Taub trauma center and into surgery on the fourth floor of the hospital. The family was not notified.The family prayed and watched his fever fall immediately making it possible for him to have life saving surgery. His intestines were resectioned in fifteen places and part of his colon removed. Clark would live his life in a wheelchair with a colostomy. Clark was alone all night in the hands of God and the surgeon. Clark's brother came looking for him around 9:00 A.M. the next morning and was met by a guy who lived in the apartments with the words, "Clark is not here. They killed him last night." The family began calling hospitals and found him at Ben Taub. During the night he had received fifty-four units of blood. He was not expect him to survive. The priest assigned to the unit heard the story and told the family that Clark's survival was a real miracle!
Life After The Accident
He had many side effect from his spinal cord injury. He had to learn to live with a colostomy, dress himself, and completely learn to live again. The first year was the worst.
God was good to Clark. His family is still together. His children are grown now but his life is full. Clark did not retire to bed to stare at the walls for the rest of his life. He coached his son at little league. He travels alone and has to be reminded that he is disabled. His truck was equipped with a hoist so that he could get his wheel chair in and out of the back without help. His home has wide doors so that it is wheel chair accessible.
When Clark fully recovered he found purpose and a love for missions. He made several missionary trips to Kenya, The Philippines, and Guam. He did several crusades in Mexico and every where he went he told his story to anyone who would listen. His mission trips include:
- The Philippines
Clark Did Not Give In to Depression
Clark refused to give in to depression. He was in rehab for three months after he was released from the hospital. Recovery took six months in a facility. The psychiatrists waited for him to bottom out but Clark did not bottom out. Clark's therapist was an atheist who could not understand what was going on with him. Clark never forgot the mercy of God on his life.
Clark Rone has cheated death many times in his life. It is truly shocking how many times death came calling and God delivered Clark. There is clearly a purpose for Clark Rone's life that has yet to appear.
- Born three months premature, he weighed less than five pounds at birth and remained in the hospital for three weeks
- When he was two years old a tumor the size of a tennis ball appeared under his arm. God healed him and the tumor vanished
- When he was about eighteen years old he was in a serious motorcycle accident. No helmet. The bike slid for more than a block. Clark and his friend both walked away without a scratch.
- In his twenties Clark was working with chemicals and suffered a serious chemical burn to his lungs. He recovered fully with no damage to his lungs
- In 1993 Clark was shot in a gang initiation that left him paralyzed
- In 2010 Clark was traveling alone back from San Antonio, Texas. His truck caught on fire and Clark had difficulty getting his wheel chair out. A fireman was passing and rescued him from the inferno. The truck was totally burned out.
Clark Rone's Thoughts About Life as a Paraplegic
Clark Rone believes that living life as a paraplegic is difficult but does not have to imprison one in their home. He has proved that life can be full and joyful. It is all about choices. Clark has a good attitude and is ready and willing to help others every time he can. He does not know he is handicapped and tried to do things most would believe impossible. I admire his courage and strength because his life is not easy. It takes him an hour or more to get dressed by himself every day, but he does it without help. He is an example of strength, endurance, and overcoming difficulties. I am proud of him. He is my brother.