Medical condition of beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow upgraded 

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium, has been upgraded from critical condition to serious condition, doctors at San Francisco General Hospital said Wednesday.

But he is "far from out of the woods in his recovery," Dr. Geoff Manley, chief of neurosurgery at SFGH, said Wednesday.

Nearly three months after the attack, Stow is breathing without a ventilator, using a tracheostomy collar to assist, Manley said during a Wednesday press conference.  He has intermittently opened his eyes on command and exhibited some spontaneous left-arm movement, the doctor said.

Stow has been weaned off two of the five anti-seizure medications he’s been receiving and is receiving lower doses of the other three, Manley said. He has shown no recent seizure activity, where in the past his seizures were frequent and uncontrollable without medication, he said.

Stow remains susceptible to complications such as infections or excess fluid in the brain.

Stow will remain at SFGH so that doctors can battle any complications, Manley said.

Recovery for brain injuries such as Stow’s takes months if not years, the doctor said.

A decade ago, patients with similar injuries would have died, Manley said. SFGH is one of the few hospitals in the nation with the technology to allow for Stow’s recovery, he said.

“We still don’t have the tools necessary to predict outcome,” Manley said.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Stow family says they are grateful for the public’s continued support.

“We are encouraged by Bryan’s improvement and we ask for continued respect for his privacy, and ours, to focus on his health,” the statement said.

Stow, a 42-year-old father of two from Santa Cruz, was attacked by two men after the San Francisco Giants played the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Opening Day. Stow has been in a medically induced coma since the attack.

There has been one arrest in the beating case, 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez. Ramirez has been sent back to prison on a parole violation, but he has not been charged in connection with the attack.

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