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Bryan Stow's doctor doubts recovery will be 'perfect'

August 16, 2011 |  7:28 am

Bryan Stow with his children.

Despite major improvement, doctors say that Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten at the Dodgers home opener this season, continues to have a long road to recovery.

Stow suffered brain damage in the attack, though in recent weeks has made major strides.

On the Stow family blog, relatives said Stow was able to open his eyes and kiss members of his family.

San Francisco General Hospital released a statement Monday saying he has improved so much that doctors are considering moving him to a rehab center soon.

“Mr. Stow is awake and breathing on his own,” the statement said. “He is following simple commands and beginning to interact with his family. The goal now is to place him in a rehabilitation facility as soon as he no longer requires acute hospital care.”

But doctors told reporters on Monday that Stow cannot talk.

"We are pleased to announce that he is showing significant improvement and his neurological exams are much better." Dr. Geoff Manley told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just don't know where he'll end up. It's hard to imagine everything's going to be perfect, given everything that's happened."

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

Photo: Stow family

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