Viciously beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow was showing signs of recovery Friday after he opened both eyes and mouthed his name, “Stow,” on command from doctors and nurses at San Francisco General Hospital.
An update to the family’s website also said Stow attempted to give a thumbs up and then opened and closed his eyes on command.
“The nurse practitioner, his nurse and the neurosurgeon witnessed this and they are very sure that is what he did,” the website update says.
The progress comes just days after Stow underwent emergency surgery to drain fluid in his head and the family is “cautiously optimistic.”
“As always with these steps forward, we are aware that it’s intermittent, and that there will still be some steps back,” the post says. “Even before the surgery, when he was at his best, his response to commands were not consistent.”
Stow has been hospitalized in both Los Angeles and San Francisco since March 31, when he was beaten nearly to death by two men in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after the first game of the season between the Giants and Dodgers.
Los Angeles police have reportedly arrested two suspects in the case and say they will release their names later on Friday. Giovanni Ramirez, the original suspect who is serving a 10-month prison sentence in San Diego for violating his parole on a previous conviction, will likely be exonerated in the Stow matter, according to anonymous police sources who talked to the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press.