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Bryan Stow calls visit outside hospital ‘magical’

Bryan Stow recovering

Injured Giants fan Bryan Stow went outside for the first time in almost six months and told his family, "It's magical."

Stow, who has shown significant progress since undergoing shunt surgery more than a week ago to relieve pressure on his brain, has begun talking and interacting with his family.

"It hasn't even been a week since our last update, and a lot has happened for Bryan," his family wrote on their website. As he grows stronger, physical and occupational therapists are seeing him five times a week. And Stow is speaking a lot more -– "a few words at a time, not full conversations," his family said.

Photos: The beating of Bryan Stow

His family said he's displaying his signature sense of humor and even chastised his mom for using his cellphone in his hospital room, saying, "She isn't supposed to be on that."

But the highlight of the last week came on Friday.

"Bryan said something that perfectly fit the moment, and really describes these past few days," the family wrote. "We got the OK to take Bryan outside for the first time in almost 6 months. He was moved to a cardiac chair and we went out to a secluded patio. Bonnie asked Bryan how it felt to be outside. Bryan, sitting in the sun, with his eyes closed said, 'It's magical.' "

Stow, a father of two, was walking through the Dodger Stadium parking lot with two friends after the Dodgers' opening-day victory over the Giants in March when he was attacked. Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have been charged in connection with the attack.

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-- Kimi Yoshino
twitter.com/kyoshino

Photo: Giants fan Bryan Stow, with his children at a baseball game, remains hospitalized after the March 31 beating. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters

 
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