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Bryan Stow: 'Painful' to think of Dodger Stadium beating, family says

April 1, 2012 |  9:06 am


The family of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow said it is "painful" to look back on the savage beating in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on opening day that left the Bay Area paramedic with brain damage.

"It's painful to think back to that day, and the following days, weeks, even months, and think about what we went through emotionally and at times physically," the family wrote on its blog. "This literally took our lives and turned them upside down."

Stow was attacked on March 31, 2011. He has slowly been recovering but remains under treatment.

"He had all the prayers that were said for him to help get him through the roughest times. We know that they will continue to carry him through this, in what direction they take him, that we don't know," the family said.

The two suspects in the beating are awaiting trial. Meanwhile, the Stow family has filed a lawsuit and is seeking $50 million from the Dodgers, which owner Frank McCourt this week sold to an investment group that included Magic Johnson. And a man who was mistakenly arrested in the beating says he's angry at the Los Angeles Police Department for the error.

Last month, Stow, who was a Santa Cruz paramedic, was transferred out of the hospital and into a therapy facility.

"He can't get out of bed alone," Tom Girardi, his attorney, said in a recent interview with USA Today. "He can, if asked, 'Say hi to your mom,' he will then say in halting syllables, 'Hi, Mom.' He's very badly hurt.... Our doctors, and I kind of hate to say this, but they don't think there's going to be a lot of material improvement. There has been some, because he's a spunky fighter. … But the situation is very serious."

Stow, 43, suffered traumatic brain injury after being beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

He still needs help dressing, making meals and even moving from his chair, according to the post, and the family reported that Stow could not remember a surprise birthday party his family threw for him just a day after it occurred.


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Photo: Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten at Dodger Stadium, is wheeled out of L.A. County-USC Medical Center. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times