Stow responsive, reacts when sister offers kiss

August 8, 2011, 10:44 pm
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Aug. 8, 2011

Giants fan Bryan Stow, hospitalized since being attacked at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, showed signs of progress over the weekend, moving his arms and legs slightly on command, and puckering his lips when his sister sought to kiss him.

The latest report from the Stow family detailed the 42-year-old's progress, indicating that the nurse overseeing his care was "shocked and excited" to see Stow's responses.

Last week Stow underwent a lumbar drain -- a process to remove excess spinal fluid -- and the result was increased responsiveness, according to the official family Web site.

The following was published to the site on Sunday:
"Yesterday we got the most response from Bry to date. He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left arm everytime we asked if we could hold his hand, and the best part? Bonnie asked Bryan if she could have a kiss and every time she asked him, he puckered his lips. The final time when she was leaving, Bonnie asked again for a kiss. Bry turned his head towards her, puckered his lips for the kiss, then turned his head back. The nurse was shocked and excited to see that!"

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.

Arraignment for both men is set for Aug. 10. Prosecutors contend that Sanchez hit two of Stow's friends before chasing down Stow and punching him from behind in the side of his head.

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.