Stow family reflects on recovery setback, NFL fights

August 23, 2011, 8:14 pm
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Aug. 23, 2011 staff

The family of Bryan Stow reported Monday that Stow took "two steps back" in his recovery after a week of progress.

According to the latest entry on the site, "the last 2 weeks Bryan had, according to Dr. Manley, 3 steps forward, but this past weekend was two steps back."

Stow battled a fever associated with an infection, which resulted in treatment with antibiotics and an ice vest to cool his body temperature, which soared at one point to nearly 104 degrees Farenheit.

In a recent visit by Stow's children, he was reportedly responsive, giving them kisses and responding to questions by closing his eyes in a deliberate attempt to communicate.

The latest entry from the family also made a point to share thoughts on the spate of violence at Candlestick Park during and after last Saturday's NFL exhibition between the 49ers and Raiders.

This is their exact message:

"In light of the fan violence that occurred at Candlestick park for a pre-season 49erRaider game, we felt the need to address it. We have felt, since March 31st, that this tragedy did not happen to Bryan for nothing. We had hoped it would teach people that violence, specifically at sporting events, is unnecessary and wrong. Nobody should feel afraid to root for their team, or bring their families to games. When someone is injured, they are not the only victims. Their families, loved ones and worst of all, their children are victims as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday nights game and their families.Where is The Love is a song about all the violence we face in the world today. We felt it was perfect for this update."

Stow has been hospitalized since being attacked by two men at Dodgers Stadium on Opening Day, March 31.

Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, are charged with mayhem, assault and battery in the attack on Stow, who remains at San Francisco General Hospital with a traumatic brain injury.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Gary Hearnsberger has stated that Sanchez and Norwood pose a threat to public safety. Both have access to firearms, prosecutors allege. A search of Norwood's home turned up five firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle.

Norwood has a prior assault conviction and Sanchez has prior convictions for drunk driving and evading police.