Giants fan beaten in LA has surgery delayed

COURTESY JOHN STOW VIA AP FILE PHOTOBryan Stow is shown hugging his two kids in a photo taken before he was beaten in 2011.

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten after a baseball game in Los Angeles, had a surgery delayed to drain fluid from the brain.

Stow was assaulted by two men in their 20s in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium following the first game of the baseball season on March 31. Stow was wearing a Giants jersey and text messaged his cousin during the sixth inning to say he felt unsafe.

The beating left Stow, a 42-year-old from Santa Cruz and father of two, in a coma.

Neurosurgeon Gabriel Zada said Stow might need the surgery at a later date, but his condition is stable, so doctors decided to hold off Friday. Doctors have periodically tried to dial down sedatives that keep Stow in a medically induced coma, but he has experienced seizures that required the sedatives to be applied again.

Zada said the paramedic definitely has some form of brain damage.

“The seizures have slowed down, but he has not improved neurologically,” Zada said Friday evening. “The prognosis is the same.”

Community and celebrity donations to Stow’s medical fund have easily topped $500,000 and he has repeatedly been honored at AT&T Park games, where fundraisers were held in April during a Giants-Dodgers series.

Last week, Charlie Sheen donated $20,000 he raised during the San Francisco date of his “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour. Giants pitching ace Tim Lincecum also personally donated $25,000.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

 

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