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Bryan Stow moving arm, kisses sister, family says

August 10, 2011 |  7:09 am

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being severely beaten at Dodger Stadium on March 31, is responding to more commands and lifting his arms and legs, according to his family.

On their website, the family said Stow has been "more alert and responsive" in the last week.

"He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left arm everytime we asked if we could hold his hand," they wrote. 

The family recounted a time this week when his sister, Bonnie Stow, asked the paramedic if she could kiss him. "He puckered his lips. The final time when she was leaving, Bonnie asked again for a kiss. Bry turned his head towards her, puckered his lips for the kiss, then turned his head back," the family wrote. "The nurse was shocked and excited to see that!"

Stow is at a San Francisco hospital receiving treatment. Doctors said they were still trying to determine his level of brain damage.

Prosecutors said in court papers that Stow tried to escape a violent man attacking him and his friends outside Dodger Stadium, but his assailant chased him down and attacked him again.

Prosecutors allege that Louie Sanchez shoved Stow and punched one of Stow's friends after the Dodgers' opening day game against the Giants. After the assault, Stow, who was dressed in a Giants shirt, continued to walk with his friends toward the edge of the stadium parking lot, with Sanchez and his friend, Marvin Norwood, in pursuit, prosecutors wrote.

Sanchez caught up with the group and punched another of Stow's friends, knocking him to the ground, the court document said. As Stow faced Norwood, Sanchez surprised him from behind and punched him in the side of the head, prosecutors allege.

Stow's friends told authorities that he immediately lost consciousness and fell sideways to the ground without breaking his fall.

"When Stow's head hit the ground, witnesses heard his head impact the concrete and saw it bounce," prosecutors wrote.

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-- Shelby Grad

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