Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Bryan Stow Showing 'Significant Improvement'

Dodger Stadium, where Bryan Stow was beaten into a coma on the team's opening dayPhoto by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos Pool.
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

A doctor working with Bryan Stow confirmed today that Stow is showing significant improvement in his health and ability to respond, according to the Huffington Post. Dr. Geoff Manley, the chief of neurosurgery at the San Francisco General Hospital, announced that Stow is able to follow commands and to have interactions with people around him. According to the Silicon Valley Mercury News:

Stow is awake and breathing on his own but he cannot speak, said hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said. Stow can move slightly on command and turn his body toward someone who is talking to him, neurosurgeon Geoff Manley said in a statement. "Recovery is not a straight line, and each patient is incredibly complex," Manley said.

Stow's family has been maintaining a website to keep the public informed of his recovery, and they had this to add to the picture of a recovering Stow:
We were all pretty quiet and sad but hopeful and optimistic to see Bryan. We got there and he was pretty sleepy most of the time. [Bryan's sisters] Erin and Bonnie were saying goodbye and we were on each side of him bent down. Bonnie asked Bry to give her a kiss goodbye. He opened his eyes, turned his head puckered up and gave her a kiss. Erin then asked for a kiss. He turned his head towards her, puckered up and gave her a kiss too.
Support for LAist comes from

It's still unclear how much recovery Stow will be capable of, but his family hopes to eventually take him out of the hospital and place him in a rehab facility.