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Update: Brutally Beaten Giants Fan Bryan Stow’s Chances of Waking from Coma are “Slim”

(Photo: AP/John Stow)

Bryan Stow, who was viciously beaten outside Dodger Stadium on April 1 for wearing the jersey of the arch rival San Francisco Giants, was so brutally injured that doctors had to remove a piece of his skull to allow for the swelling of his brain. They also had to place him in a medically-induced coma.

Now doctors say his chances of ever coming out of that coma are “slim.”

“From the beginning, the doctors have been very honest with us,” Stow’s sister Erin Collins told ESPN. “They’ve always said his chances of ever waking up out of that coma are slim. We’re holding to those slim chances.”

Stow’s family has been sitting vigil at Bryan’s hospital bedside ever since the tragic attack occurred after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ home opener on March 31.

Even with doctors telling the family that Stow’s chances are slim, they cling to the hope that the 42-year-old paramedic and father of two, who they describe as “stubborn” and full of willpower, will pull through. After all, doctors also told them that 90% patients wouldn’t have been tough enough to survive the first surgery that reduced the swelling in his brain.

“We just have to have faith, pray and hope and remember how strong Bryan is,” Collins told ESPN. “He’s stubborn and he’s got a lot of willpower. We just keep telling him, ‘Hey, Bryan, you can do this. You can do this.”

UPDATE: NBC Bay Area reported this morning that Stow’s family says “he is showing some signs of brain activity.”

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  1. Beverly PowellAugust 8, 2011 at 12:19 pmReply

    I’m sorry to have to read this update. I am,however continuing to pray for Brayn’s recovery. He must be stubborn and very strong, with the will to live. He has hung on for so long. He has been such an inspriation. I to say come on Bryan, you can do this! The Giant’s need you.

    • Brett WilkinsAugust 8, 2011 at 1:00 pmReplyAuthor

      He is doing much better these days, opening his eyes and responding to staff and visitors.

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