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Beaten Giants Fan Transferred To SF General Hospital

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― The San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodgers Stadium nearly seven weeks ago was flown back to the Bay Area Monday where he was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital ― a top trauma center specializing in brain injuries ― to continue his medical care.

Bryan Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, arrived at SF General shortly before 2 p.m.

“He’s still critically ill, he will be in intensive care,” hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.

Stow was flown by a small private jet to San Francisco from Los Angeles. The medical jet was staffed by members of American Medical Response, the company that employs Stow as a paramedic.

Stow had been hospitalized at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center since the March 31 attack, which forced doctors to place him in a medically induced coma because of his touch-and-go condition.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

In recent days, doctors said Stow had opened his eyes and made small movements with his arms and legs.

Stow’s new caregivers were assessing his condition on Monday afternoon and were poring over his medical records — including brain images — from the past six weeks. SF General’s chief of neurosurgery, Dr. Geoff Manley, said he and his team expected to give a sense of Stow’s condition by Tuesday.

“We do know that if we make him stable that it will allow for him to have plasticity” in his brain, Manley said. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change with learning and would be an indicator that Stow could make a good recovery.

During this time of transition, Stow’s family has asked for privacy but said that they would continue to update a website created to keep the public informed of Stow’s condition and of fundraising events,

His family requested that cards, letters and other signs of support be sent to P.O. Box 884, Capitola, CA 95010

On Sunday as they prepared for Monday’s flight north, Ann Stow thanked the people of Los Angeles for supporting her son. The family also said the move was bittersweet because they would be leaving all “the wonderful people” they had met in L.A.

Both ball clubs pledged donations to Stow’s care — $25,000 from the Dodgers and $10,000 from the Giants. His employer, AMR, has promised $5,000.

An outpouring of support for Stow’s family came in the form of grassroots fundraisers, ranging from bowling tournaments to pasta dinners to donated services such as haircuts and fitness classes.

Last month, more than $61,000 was raised at a fundraiser at Dodgers Stadium. A barbecue in San Jose organized by Stow’s co-workers drew more than 2,500 people, and other events were planned.

Police were still looking for two men suspected in the attack, both believed to be Hispanic between 18 and 25 years old, and $150,000 was being offered as a reward for tips leading to their arrests.

Anyone with information about the attack was asked by authorities to call Los Angeles police at (877) 527-3247.

Stow and two friends, all wearing Giants jerseys, were leaving the season opener won by the Dodgers over the Giants when he was attacked by two men in the stadium’s F2 parking lot. One was in Dodgers gear, and both were apparently drunk, according to witnesses.

Just before the attack, Stow texted a family member to say he feared for his safety in the rowdy crowd.

According to police, the men taunted Stow for being a Giants fan and hit him from behind, causing him to fall to the ground. Stow’s friends were also attacked by the men when they tried to intervene.

Following the attack, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck beefed up security at Dodgers Stadium to send a message about the drunken hooliganism and fights that had been breaking out at games in recent years.

Baseball fans have complained that anyone who dares to wear a rival team’s jersey on Dodger turf has too-often been subjected to profane verbal abuse and threats of violence.

The stadium has also dropped plans to offer half-priced beer during a half-dozen games, and is installing more lighting fixtures in the parking lot.

The Giants are due back in Los Angeles for games on Wednesday and Thursday.

(© 2011 CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Mac

    Come on people this is not right. People have been enjoying baseball game for decades. All this BS about people wearing the wrong t-shirt. What message r we sending to the kids. And as far as the stadium more light fixture, what about more SECURITY. And people r going to buy the beer no matter the price……..

  • Jeff

    Each time I see anything about this I think of my neice, who performed as a cheerleader through a lot of sporting events. I did not hear it very often, but she did once describe the vile attitudes and actions of these sideline “warriors”. Fans need to get over their idiotic baseness and realize it IS a game…if they are not able to do so, then friends and family need to take them out OF the ballpark!

  • Jose Josb

    The two guys went back to Mexico?

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  • myan

    Those two guys are hiding in Mexico, since LA is near the Mexican Borderline. It is easy to hide over there.

  • lisa

    Glad to hear Bryan is back here in the Bay Area. I still find it impossible to believe that over 50,000 people were at a baseball game and NO ONE has any viable information as to who these two men who beat and kicked Bryan for over a minute are? REALLY, you all just walk by, not a care in the world, no help, no one even taking down a license number of the car the woman and boy were in that they left in? Things are much different up here at AT&T park. We have security, well lit parking areas, and people who CARE!

  • GaryinSF

    $25,000 from the Dodgers?
    What is that supposed to pay for a week in the hospital.
    How about a little decency here. This guy has a family.
    I’m not blaming them but it would be nice if they were more giving in this situation.
    catch these guys and stick them in a concrete bathroom.

  • hmmmm

    I guess the traffic woes in L.A. have fastly improved. 50,000 people pouring out of Dodger stadium and they make a clean get-away.

  • Edward Press

    do away w/the god damn beer sales at sporting events….

  • sith

    I remember the first reports of this stated his two “friends” ran away, leaving him behind. Shame on them.
    I remember the abuse Dodger fans would get during the Candlestick days. One time in particular, I recall a Dodger fan asking security to accompany him to the men’s room. He was too afraid to go in there and he was probably right to feel scared. Giants fans have evolved since then. Evolution goes hand in hand with a new stadium and higher ticket prices.

  • scott

    i am so mad about this. Where has human decency gone?

  • Bernie

    it is probably ongoing problem in stadium but authority ignore the problem and they only at least do something when someone seriously hurt and when news media decided to published the incident.As we all know they dont do anything unless something seriously happened,,,i wonder why they called themselves public safety if they have to wait someone hurt or killed before the do something.

  • dave smith

    How about not supporting professional sports period? You all seem to have no problem with baseball players getting into fights with each other, yelling,spitting. “Oh that is just baseball”, guess what this is ALSO baseball, vile and violent.

  • Victor Lee

    America is too much freedom, too little tough punishment.

    Catch this society garbages and feed them to the zoo lions
    and tigers. It is a waste of time and money to put them in
    jail when they get caught: it is simply a heaven place for these
    garbages and this is why they have no fear to commit crimes!

    Go Giant!

    From the killing field,

  • jack

    I bet they are illegal immigrants from Mexico.

  • Allan Holley

    I was a security guard at a football game one time. I was questioning two boys about climbing over the fence when on blind sided me with a punch to the face. I ran him down and he tried to hit me again, and I hit him with a flashlight. In court the next day, he tried to get me cited for striking a minor.

  • Gina

    I know for sure that the hospital bill is going to be over $1 million dollars, my husband was in the hospital and in ICU for 28 days and a total of 42 days. I think the Dodgers should take care of most of he medical bills, and or even the city. This family should not have to suffer for someone enjoying baseball in there city.

  • pbSpiritsDOTcom

    California’s ABC income comes from licensing fees–not penalties. Read: why enforce? Enforcement is time and resource consuming and judgments return a fraction of the costs–all directed to the general fund. We should put fines into an ABC fund just like we do with the DEA. Aren’t insane profits beer and alcohol vendors make (who serve to minors, consistently over-serve and over-pour drinks) just like the astronomical levels of profits drug dealers make off the backs of our communities? Shouldn’t a fraction of those profits, from bad operators no less, be used to help our leaders deal with skyrocketing alcohol-related problems?

    The lack of ABC enforcement doesn’t give our local law enforcement agencies a pass from monitoring the alcohol seller’s practices. Even though they are under financial burdens themselves, now carrying the water the ABC has been paid to carry, they cannot simply look away as there are many negative consequences. Local enforcement is our society’s last line of defense, protecting us from ourselves–and it seems from California’s own state government.

    Unfortunately, it will take more incidents like this, on top of the enormous alcohol related injuries and deaths now happening in California, for us to wake up as a state and demand changes.

    Do you believe things will get better or worse if we don’t fundamentally change how we govern alcohol?

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