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Beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow speaks in first interview

December 16, 2011 |  2:12 pm

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on opening day last season, has spoken publicly for the first time since the attack.

A snippet of an interview with Snow by NBC chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman was aired Thursday night by the network's Bay Area affiliate.

Stow, in a simple conversation, asks the reporter, "How are you?"

She replies she's doing well.

"That's good," says the former paramedic, a father of two. The interview took place at a San Jose-area rehabilitation facility.

During the talk Stow wore a Giants 2010 World Series championship T-shirt, according to the website for NBC's "Rock Center." The full interview is to air Monday night on the TV news show.

Stow has been in the rehabilitation center since October after suffering severe brain trauma in the March 31 attack.

His family reports that he continues to show improvement.

"His memory, while often times off, is incredible for his type of injury," his family stated on their blog. "His answers are sometimes wrong, but the fact that they are right most of the time is amazing. Sometimes, we see a difference in his personality but other times, his old self shines through."

The family has documented a series of positive steps in Stow's recovery. Recently, he went outside the hospital for the first time in six months and said, "It's magical."

He also said he wanted to see his children.

Stow was walking through the Dodger Stadium parking lot with two friends after the team's opening day victory over the Giants when he was attacked, officials said.

Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have been charged in connection with the attack.


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-- Richard Winton