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Seizures force docs to put Giants fan in coma

April 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The doctor of the Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium is speaking out for the first time. He says there has been a setback in Bryan Stow's condition. Stow is hospitalized at L.A. County USC Medical Center.

Bryan Stow is back in a medically induced coma. His neurosurgeon says it's almost like a state of hibernation. They take the stress off the brain, allowing it time to heal. That neurosurgeon also says it's going to be at least several more days before they try easing him out of that coma once again.

Two and a half weeks after two men beat Bryan Stow into a coma, the Bay Area paramedic is making little progress.

"Believe it or not, even this far out from his injury we're still not entirely sure what his baseline brain activity is like and what the chances for recovery are," said Dr. Gabriel Zada.

Zada is the neurosurgeon treating Stow. Over the weekend he eased the 42-year-old out of a medically induced coma but was forced to put him back under when Stow started having seizures.

"We put the brain in a hibernation type of mode and that really allows the brain to heal optimally and reduce the seizures that he's having. It almost reboots the brain," said Zada.

Stow was punched and kicked by two men in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31 because he was wearing a San Francisco Giants jersey. Moments before the beating, he had texted a family member telling him he feared for his safety.

The suspects in the attack are still on the loose, but Stow's family says they're holding out hope they'll be caught.

The family says they are hoping for the best, but does realize a full recovery for the father of two is a long shot.

"His chances of ever waking up out of a coma are slim," said Stow's sister Erin Collins. "We just have to pray and hope and we have faith in how strong Bryan is."

Here's one more look at those two suspects. A $150,000 reward is being offered in this case.

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