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Bryan Stow tries to give 'thumbs up' to medical staff

July 22, 2011 |  2:02 pm

The family of beaten San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow says he took a “step forward” Friday when he mouthed his last name and maybe even tried to give a thumbs-up to medical staff.

Stow’s family said in a blog post that the father of two was “very alert” Friday morning, when a nurse, nurse practitioner and neurosurgeon witnessed the gestures.

The news comes less than a week after Stow had a 30-second seizure and underwent emergency surgery for fluid buildup in his head.

Stow, a Santa Clara County paramedic, suffered serious brain injuries after he was attacked in March after the Dodgers’ home opener. He has remained hospitalized and heavily sedated since.

“As always with these steps forward, we are aware that it’s intermittent, and there will still be some steps back,” the blog read. “Even before the surgery, when he was at his best, his response to commands are not consistent and we remain cautiously optimistic.”

Law enforcement sources told The Times on Thursday that police arrested two men in connection with the beating and concluded a suspect they had previously taken into custody, Giovanni Ramirez, was not involved in the attack.

A third suspect in the case was also arrested Thursday on suspicion of being an accessory to the crime.


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Photo: Bryan Stow with his children. Credit: Los Angeles Times