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Injured Giants fan moved to SF hospital

Bryan Stow

May 17, 2011 12:42:00 AM PDT
The Giants fan nearly beaten to death on opening day outside Dodger Stadium is now back in the Bay Area. Bryan Stow's condition has improved enough to allow him to be transferred to a San Francisco hospital, but he is still in a coma.

One of Stow's cousins told ABC7 his parents and sisters are with him at San Francisco General Hospital where a special team of brain injury doctors and nurses are evaluating Stow. They say the earliest they can update anyone on his condition will be Tuesday.

Stow was flown to the Bay Area from USC Medical Center early Monday afternoon. Once he landed at SFO, Stow was transported by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital. It is the only trauma center in the city and its brain injury unit has specialized equipment to monitor patients like Stow.

"Now that he's here, we have to make our own assessments, be able to go through the information and to do everything that we can to ensure that he's going to have the best outcome possible," San Francisco General Hospital Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Geoffrey Manley said.

Stow was placed in a medically-induced coma after being severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on March 31. He was taken off the medications keeping him in the coma on May 1 and on Friday he opened his eyes, although family members say he could not focus.

"We're praying for something very special to happen with Bryan and we're staying very positive," cousin John Stow said.

The goal is for Stow to move to a long-term rehabilitation center.

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