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Bryan Stow 'extremely challenging patient,' doctor says

October 11, 2011 |  2:44 pm

Bryan Stow recovering

Bryan Stow's recovery has been a "roller coaster," but the Giants fan is now well enough to go into rehab, his doctor said.

“Bryan has been an extremely challenging patient,” Dr. Geoff Manley, San Francisco General Hospital's chief of neurosurgery, said in a statement announcing Stow's release from the hospital. “It has been a roller coaster, but he is young and strong and has made tremendous advances. To get this far, it was vital that he be at a place that specializes in acute care for brain-injured patients. Now it is equally important that he receive care from a place that specializes in rehabilitation for patients with brain injuries.”

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.

Stow's family released a statement saying they were excited about the next stage of Stow's recovery.

“We feel immense relief today, knowing that Bryan is ready to start the next chapter of his story,” the family said.

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

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