Giants fan Stow has emergency surgery
Associated Press
Jul. 20, 2011 02:57 PM

The San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage after he was beaten outside Dodger Stadium underwent emergency surgery this week after suffering another seizure, his family said.

Bryan Stow's family said on their website Tuesday that doctors at San Francisco General Hospital performed the surgery Monday after fluid built up in Stow's head and caused a 30-second seizure. The family said Stow's physician, Dr. Geoff Manley, removed a bone flap that was put in Friday and ''found some sort of growth he had never seen before.''

The growth was removed and a filter was inserted to help drain the fluid from his head, the family said.

''The four of us couldn't get to the hospital fast enough, where we stayed all day by his side,'' Stow's family members said on the website. They said Stow later slightly opened his right eye.

A hospital spokesman said Wednesday that Stow remains in serious condition.

Police say Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, was attacked by two men outside Dodger Stadium after attending the March 31 season opener between the Giants and archrival Los Angeles Dodgers.

A paramedic and father of two, Stow was transported from Los Angeles to San Francisco in May after being in a coma and in critical condition for months before doctors upgraded him in June.

At that time, Manley said Stow faced possible infection and a buildup of fluids around the brain. Manley also said doctors likely won't have a clear sense for months of where Stow's recovery will plateau, which could be anywhere from his current condition to a full return to work.

Police arrested Giovanni Ramirez, 31, as the prime suspect on May 22, but he hasn't been charged in the case. He is in prison on an unrelated parole violation involving access to a gun. Ramirez's lawyers contend that he was not at Dodger Stadium at the time of the attack.

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