Beaten baseball fan making progress

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 7:24 EDT
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Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on baseball’s opening day, has made “significant improvement,” his doctor said Monday.

Stow, who suffered serious brain injury in the attack, is awake and breathing on his own, doctor Geoff Manley said.

Manley, the chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital, said Stow can move slightly and has been able to interact with his family.

But the doctor said it remains to be seen how full a recovery Stow will make.

“His ability to follow commands has greatly increased,” Manley said. “There have been a lot of ups and downs and we still don’t know where he’s going to plateau in terms of his recovery.”

Stow, a paramedic and father of two, underwent surgery in Los Angeles after the March 31 attack and was in a medically induced coma for weeks.

He was moved to San Francisco in May. Last month doctors performed emergency surgery to remove fluid buildup in his skull that caused a seizure.

Manley said Stow might need a shunt to permanently divert such fluid.

“Given where he was when he first came here, he’s significantly improved,” Manley said. “He still has a long way to go.”

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