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ABC News Story: Folk Rockers Burlap to Cashmere Back From Tragedy

By CAITLIN R. KING Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. June 30, 2011 (AP)

Guitarist John Philippidis woke up groggy from a monthlong coma in a hospital room full of people.

He disregarded doctors urging him to stay in bed and slowly shuffled to the bathroom. As he went to wash his hands, he reflexively looked up in the mirror and saw a closed eye, a head the size of a basketball and his face disfigured beyond what he thought could ever be repaired.

"I started laughing," Philippidis said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

At the time, he couldn't remember that two ex-Marines and a female accomplice had beaten him to within an inch of his life and left him for dead during a random, road rage incident just miles from his home in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

Doctors took his reaction as a good sign — and it was.

"I just remember that feeling of being reminded right there in that moment that you're alive. Whatever happened to you, you're alive," said Philippidis.

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