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Bryan Stow Update: “Incremental Steps and Progressing”

The San Francisco Giants fan severely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day is showing “incremental” progress but remains in critical condition.

[Bryan] Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, was moved Monday to San Francisco General Hospital from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to be closer to his Santa Cruz home. In Los Angeles, doctors had waged an “epic struggle” to control the seizures that often occur after traumatic brain injuries, Dr. Geoff Manley, chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General, said today.

As of this morning, Manley said, Stow had not experienced any seizure activity for 30 hours, and had displayed some “primitive functions” such as spontaneously opening his eyes. In coming weeks, Manley said, the hospital will continue to try to taper the medications “so we can understand the true level of his brain function.”

Manley said he could not make any predictions about Stow’s long-term recovery, but said, “He’s making incremental steps and progressing. … This isn’t going to happen next week, and this isn’t going to happen next month. What happens is going to happen over time.”

A $200,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrests of the two men thought to be responsible for the heinous attack.

Coincidentally, the Giants are back in Chavez Ravine this evening for a two-game series. The Los Angeles Police Department said that it will be “out in force.”

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