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Sunnyside boy avoids surgery

Noah Clift, a 3-year-old boy who lost an eye nearly a year ago, will not need surgery for the removal of a blood clot as originally feared.

Melba Fujiura of the Sunnyside Lions Club said according to a report from a family member, a CT scan taken on March 1 revealed Noah's blood clot may be successfully dissolved using an intense regime of 45 days of injections.

The Lions Club recently held a silent auction at the Sunnyside Community Center to raise funds to help cover emergency medical costs. It was originally believed the Clift child would need surgery, a procedure costing upwards of $16,000, to remove a blood clot that was causing the boy to suffer from seizures.

"That Noah won't need to undergo surgery is good news for the family," said Fujiura. "But there are still the costs for Noah's medicine to dissolve the blood clot, which are considerable, amounting to nearly $8,000."

According to Fujiura, Sunnyside Lions has applied for and received approval for a matching grant through the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing, which will help the Clift family cover some of those costs.

The Lions need to raise at least $4,000 as its part of its match, she explained. "Because of Sunnyside residents' generosity, more than $3,100 has already been donated towards covering the foundation match," she said.

"To those of you who have donated funds already thank you. You have made a big difference in a young child's life," she said.

Fujiura said those wishing to continue aiding with this cause, may make donations to the Noah Clift Fund care of the Sunnyside Lions Club, P.O. Box 1103, Sunnyside, Wa. 98944.

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