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Bryan Stow Returns Home to the Bay Area

This undated image provided Tuesday April 5, 2011 by John Stow shows Bryan Stow holding his 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter (AP Photo/John Stow)
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After being cared for at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for six weeks, Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten by two men at the Dodgers opening game this year, has been transported back to the Bay area, near his hometown of Santa Clara. LA Now reports that Stow was able to keep his eyes open for longer than he has before being wheeled into a medical jet that took off from Burbank earlier today. After landing in San Francisco, he was taken to the city's General Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Those who attacked Stow, allegedly yelling insults at him in the parking lot before striking him in the head and then kicking him as he lay on the ground, are still at large. Last week, the Lamar Advertising Company donated three hundred billboards to be put up around Los Angeles featuring sketches of the two suspects, as well as a reminder of the $100,000 reward and phone numbers to two tip lines.

Doctors say that Stow, who was in a medically induced coma for weeks and suffered a broken skull and brain damage, has a long road of recovery ahead.

Nevertheless, family and friends are happy that he's stable enough to return home, and expressed their thanks for LA residents who were supportive throughout their ordeal:

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[Bryan's sister] Bonnie Stow said that every day when family members stopped by the office at the hospital, they would find at least five and sometimes as many as 20 cards waiting...“We couldn’t hear ‘We’re praying for you’ enough,” Bonnie Stow said.