We have been closely following the story of the San Francisco Giants player who was savagely beaten following the season opener in April. We are pleased to report that the victim’s condition has been upgraded from ‘critical’ to ‘serious’ condition as reported by his doctors in San Francisco today. To differentiate between the two conditions, a person in critical condition is in need of critical or intensive care services. Critical condition is generally considered the worst condition a patient can be in. Alternatively, serious condition means there is a lower likelihood that the patient will die from the injuries he sustained and is reported on a 24-hour basis.
The victim, Bryan Stow, was recently transported out of the Los Angeles area, where the beating took place, to a hospital in San Francisco so he could be closer to his friends and family. In a press conference this week, his medical team revealed that he has opened his eyes and showed movement in one arm. The brutal attack left Stow in a weeks-long coma and neurologists have determined he suffered brain damage as a result of the trauma to his skull.
In addition to closely monitoring Stow’s condition, we have also kept abreast of the developing investigation by the LAPD and the eventual apprehension of at least one suspect connected with this assault. It took law enforcement several weeks to pin down a definite suspect, despite nearly 100 witnesses to the attack. The suspect was finally apprehended when he showed up at a parole meeting donning recently altered tattoos. The parole office connected the facts and realized the individual had altered his visible tattoos in an attempt to evade public recognition as his tattoos were broadcast to the public.
Police are certain there were others involved in the attack and are working fervently to uncover all suspects responsible for the senseless attack on Mr. Stow, who was attending his first-ever baseball game.
The suspect is still being held by the LAPD but has not been formally charged with any crimes as the L.A. County prosecutor is concerned about the vague, thin evidence surrounding the case.
Stow’s doctors are elated by his progress but are unsure how much improvement he will ultimately make. In addition to his upgraded condition, Stow’s ventilator has been removed and he is able to respond to basic commands. Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital remarked that Stow is “far from out of the woods….we still do not know where he will plateau in terms of his long-term recovery.”