San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow’s turbulent recovery at San Francisco General Hospital took a positive turn Wednesday, with his family announcing that he’s uttered the name of his two kids and said, “I would like to see them.”
The paramedic from Santa Cruz suffered a severe brain injury in an attacked outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. Los Angeles police have charged two men in connection with the assault.
According to a website dedicated to his recovery, Stow successfully answered questions posed by a speech therapist in a quiet, “gravelly” voice:
"…when the speech therapists asked his first and last name, he said them. The ST asked what his daughter’s name was and he said, 'Tabby.' She asked what that was short for and he said, 'Tabitha.' She then asked what his son’s name was and he said, 'Tyler.'"
Stow also correctly stated his birth date, and, when he saw pictures of his kids, said, “I would like to see them,” the family said.
The family said it was “blown away” by Stow’s vocal progress.
“Literally one day we got some facial responses and the next, he’s talking,” they said. “Bryan’s had many ups and downs, and though we see how far he has come, we try not to look too far back into these past 6 months, and we can’t look too far down the road so we focus on right now. We pray that the [doctors] can control the blood clots and they stay away from Bryan’s lungs. But right now, Bryan is more awake and more responsive then ever.”