Brutally beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow had emergency surgery Tuesday due to a large amount of fluid that built up in his head and caused a 30-second seizure, according to the Stow family’s website.
The 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two has been hospitalized in both Los Angeles and San Francisco hospitals since March 31, when he was assaulted by two men in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following the first game of the season between the Giants and Dodgers.
A previously unseen growth in Stow’s head was removed on Tuesday by doctors, who had performed another surgery on Friday to insert a bone flap.
“Yesterday was a rough day for Bryan and an emotional one for us,” the family’s Web post says.
San Francisco General Hospital has Stow listed in serious condition. He opens his eyes from time to time, according to the family, but he remains in a coma.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to add $15,000 to its portion of the reward for information leading to arrests in the assault case. The reward now stands at a total $225,000, with contributions also pledged by both baseball teams.
The prime suspect in the beating is 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez, who is being held in a San Diego jail after being arrested in an East Hollywood apartment in May. Ramirez has yet to be formally charged in the Stow assault, although he is being held for a 10-month sentence on a weapons parole violation.
Ramirez’s girlfriend, Denise Piccione, was arrested earlier this month in Las Vegas on weapons and drug possession charges. She was questioned by police over the Stow beating and named as a person of interest in the case.
Ramirez’s attorneys have insisted that he wasn’t anywhere near Dodger Stadium on the night of the attack and that they have several witnesses that will testify to an alibi that he was babysitting his 10-year-old daughter.