Stow transferred to rehab

October 11, 2011, 7:44 pm
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Bryan Stow was released from San Francisco General Hospital Tuesday and transferred to a rehabilitation center, the latest step in his return from a savage beating on Opening Day.

Dr. Geoff Manley, the hospital's chief of neurosurgery, said that Stow was released to an undisclosed facility.

"Bryan has been an extremely challenging patient," saidf Manley. "It has been a roller coaster, but he is young and strong and has made tremendous advances."

Stow has been hospitalized since being attacked at Dodgers Stadium on March 31.

Stow has been making slow but steady progress in his recovery, after spending months in a coma. Recently, he was visited by Giants manager Bruce Bochy and members of the rock band Queensryche.

Stow was invited by Bochy to throw out the first pitch at San Francisco's 2012 season. When family members told Stow that thousands of people were looking forward to him throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in 2012, Stow said, "I'm there."

Last week Stow had the tube removed following his tracheotomy procedure, and "the site has closed and headed," according to a report on his family's website. Stow continues to speak with a stronger and clearer voice, according to the latest update.

In September, Stow said his children's names for the first time, continuing a pattern of remarkable progress for the Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two.

In August, attorneys for Stow estimated his medical expenses at roughly 50 million. Their statement was filed as part of a lawsuit filed May 24 by Stow and his children against Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

Two suspects, Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, are charged with mayhem, assault and battery in the attack on Stow.

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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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