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Giants fan Bryan Stow's doctors trying to determine level of brain damage he suffered in beating

May 19, 2011 |  8:05 am

Bryan Stow with his children. Doctors said it will take several weeks to determine the level of brain damage Giants fan Bryan Stow suffered during a severe beating at the Dodgers home opener last month.

Bryan Stow remains in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, where he was moved earlier this week from County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Doctors in San Francisco told reporters Stow had opened his eyes but that his long-term recovery was far from certain.

Dr. Geoff Manley, chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General, told the San Francisco Chronicle that doctors were reducing his anti-seizure medications to determine "the true level of his brain function."

"He's making incremental steps and progressing," he told the paper. "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."

At Wednesday's Dodgers-Giants game at Dodger Stadium, LAPD officers planned to distribute fliers with sketches of two suspects wanted in the beating.

The department has also placed the sketches on billboards and has 17 detectives working the case.

Police said Tuesday that a Latina in her 20s who wore a white Andre Ethier jersey on opening day at Dodger Stadium may know the two assailants.

Capt. Bill Murphy said detectives had developed some strong leads, but one of the best was that a woman drove the car that took the two attackers away the night of the beating. She is described as about 5-foot-2 with brown or dyed hair in a ponytail. She was with a boy, who witnesses said looked to be about 10 years old. Murphy said the jersey was believed to be one designed to fit a woman.

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