Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan beaten on Opening Day outside Dodger Stadium, left San Francisco General Hospital for long-term brain-injury rehabilitation, the hospital announced Tuesday.
Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic from Santa Cruz and father of two young children, was attacked outside the Los Angeles ballpark after a game between the Dodgers and the Giants on March 31.
Addressing reporters in the lobby of the hospital, Dr. Geoff Manley said although Stow’s recovery will take years, he has made “dramatic progress” since his injuries.
“Only time will tell,” Manley said, adding that Stow’s alertness and awareness of his environment have improved markedly. “If you had seen him when he came in, you might be surprised that he has done as well as he has.”
According to the Stow family’s website, www.support4bryanstow.com, he has been talking and interacting with family and visitors in recent weeks. When Stow was taken outside earlier this month, he commented that it was “magical.”
Manley said the hospital is not saying where Stow was transferred at the request of family members, who want to give him time to adjust. Stow arrived at San Francisco General in a comatose state May 16 following his initial hospitalization in Los Angeles, where Manley said doctors did a “heroic job.”
In a statement, Stow’s family said he is ready to start the next chapter of his recovery.
“Though we won’t miss the hospital, we will miss the people at San Francisco General,” the statement said.