Bryan Stow, the Live Oak father and Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on March 31, has spoken his first words since the attack, according to his family.
When a relative held up photographs of his children Wednesday, Stow said, “I would like to see them.” He also told his sisters that he loved them.
Stow, 42, was attacked outside Dodger Stadium on March 31 after the Opening Day game between the Dodgers and Giants. His head hit the ground, and he suffered a severe skull fracture. He’s been hospitalized at San Francisco General since May, after a life-saving procedure in which part of his skull was removed to relieve pressure from his swollen brain. About a week ago, doctors put a shunt in Stow to help divert excess fluid from his brain.
Hospital employees told the family Wednesday that Stow had his speaking valve on his tracheostomy tube and was able to say his first and last name when prompted by a speech therapist. The therapist also asked Stow his daughter’s name, and he was able to say both her nickname, Tabby, and her full name, Tabitha.
He also was able to tell the therapist his son’s name and his own birthday.
“We are encouraged by Bryan Stow’s continued neurological improvement and can report that he is beginning to talk again,” Dr. Geoff Manley, chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, said in a release issued Thursday. “However, he remains seriously injured
-By Jessica M. Pasko
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