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Giants fan Bryan Stow undergoes emergency surgery

July 20, 2011 |  6:47 am

Bryan Stow with his children.

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten at the Dodgers home opener, underwent emergency surgery this week, his family said.

Stow's family said the surgery at a San Francisco hospital was needed after he suffered a 30-second seizure.

Doctors believe the seizure was caused by buildup of fluids in his brain, the family said on its website.

Photos: The beating of Bryan Stow

Stow's doctor "removed the bone flap that was put in on Friday and he found some sort of growth he had never seen before," the family said. "The growth was removed and a filter put in to help drain the fluid from his head."

Stow was in a coma for weeks after the attack and suffered brain damage.

Two men attacked Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31 after the rival teams played their season-opening game.

Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested three weeks ago in connection with the beating, but Los Angeles County prosecutors have yet to charge him in connection with the attack.

Prosecutors have asked police to gather more evidence in the case, and LAPD officials said they hoped to present the case again soon.


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Photo: An image of Bryan Stow with his children is shown on the scoreboard before an April 8 game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco. Credit: Reuters