Clovis News: Sports

Clovis North JV football player out of coma

John Lara, a Clovis North High junior varsity football player who underwent brain surgery after being injured in an Oct. 28 game, came out of a two-week coma last weekend.

That was reported by an ongoing Lara journal at CaringBridge.org, a website devoted to letting families share information when a family member is seriously ill or injured.

The website in recent days reported that Lara is awake, tracking with his eyes, moving his body, yawning and sneezing.

Monday, as part of his physical therapy, Lara was upright for 17 minutes while strapped to a tilt table.

And Friday, the website reported, MRI results showed no major damage to the brain, that a stroke is resolving itself and swelling around the brain has lessened significantly.

The next goal in the recovery process, school Principal Norm Anderson said Monday night, is to transfer the 16-year-old sophomore from Community Regional Medical Center to Children's Hospital Central California.

"He's not well enough to do that," Anderson said, "but hopefully he'll continue to improve and defy odds. We've gone from that night [of Oct. 28], when we were really scared of losing the young man, to now talking about getting him to Valley Children's for further treatment and care. That's a great thing."

Meanwhile, Clovis North coach Tim Simons said, Lara is about to receive footballs signed by two National Football League teams, the New York Giants and the San Diego Chargers, and by USC.

Arranging the signings were former Fresno State players Bear Pascoe (Giants) and Billy Volek (Chargers), and USC assistant coach and former Bulldogs assistant John Baxter.

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