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Giants fan Bryan Stow transferred to San Francisco hospital

San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow is being transferred from L.A. County USC Medical Center to a Bay Area hospital.
May 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A San Francisco Giants fan left with brain damage after being attacked on opening day at Dodger Stadium was transferred to a hospital closer to home Monday.

Doctors said Bryan Stow's heart rate and blood pressure were stable enough to be transferred. An ambulance took Stow to Bob Hope Airport where he flew in a private jet, then checked in to San Francisco General Trauma Center, where he will continue his long road to recovery.

"The Stow family and myself and our whole medical and nursing team have grown very close. It's hard to let him go but there's no question that we're letting him go to an excellent neurosurgical team that we trust with all our hearts," Dr. Gabriel Zada said.

Stow landed in San Francisco in the afternoon to friends and family awaiting his arrival.

"I want to video tape it for our family and just kind of make our own little movie," said his cousin, John Stow.

Stow spent the past seven weeks at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He remains in critical condition and in a medically induced coma.

On Sunday his family, doctors, and police held a news conference to talk about his progress. The 42-year-old father of two and paramedic is showing signs of brain function. He can move his eyes and has some movement in his arms and legs.

The Santa Cruz resident was severely beaten in the parking lot after the Dodgers played the Giants. Stow's family doesn't blame Dodger fans for the attack. His loved ones said they have met many wonderful people in Los Angeles.

"We had to leave L.A., who has been amazing to us," said Stow's sister, Bonnie Stow. "But we get to come home and we get to bring Bryan home. So it was bittersweet."

The Stow family flew back to the Bay Area for a fundraiser Sunday night. They said the first priority is stabilizing him once he arrives at San Francisco General, which has the city's only trauma center.

"Hopefully that will be a day or two," said mother Ann Stow. "So we are going to be excited about that and start his recovery. That's what we are hoping for. If he turns, his eyes open. If you touch him or play music, his mouth will move."

"I just want to see his eyes open and maybe a smile," said father David Stow. "Say hi, 'Hi mom' or dad."

The Los Angeles Police Department said it plans to announce new details Tuesday in the investigation. No arrests have been made, but detectives said they have detained some people for questioning, received hundreds of leads and some leads that look promising.

Lamar Advertising has donated billboard space showing composite sketches of the suspects. Both men appear to be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. There still is a $100,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Los Angeles Police at (877) LAPD-24-7.


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