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Bryan Stow Goes Home...Because His Insurance Ran Out

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It's been a little over two years since Giants fan Bryan Stow was beat within an inch of his life at the Dodgers' Opening Day game in 2011. It sounds like good news—and Stow's family says they're happy he's back at home—but the circumstances are bittersweet.

Stow's family says that insurance is no longer paying for his rehab at the Centre for Neuroskills, a 24-hour rehab facility in Bakersfield that's about 4 hours from his home in the Bay Area. They call this latest development a "big setback." Stow's family writes on his website that although he has come a long, long way from being on death's door, he still has a ways to go, "Let us clarify something very important -Bryan could have benefited greatly by staying at CNS longer. We are so glad to have him home, but as prepared as we thought we were, it was a difficult transition."

Stow needs 24 hour nursing care, but insurance isn't covering it and his family caring for him struggle to do it alone—administering his medical care, scheduling his appointments, feeding him. So they've hired caregivers out-of-pocket to help Stow get up, shower, get dressed and get tucked into bed.

Stow has come a long way, but he still has serious medical issues and he's definitely not the "old Bryan." They write that spending every day with him they notice all the little things in his life that make it so difficult: "The memory problems, the use of words that do not belong, the pain he is in and the stiffness in his body that prevents him from being able to do things on his own."

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Still, the family thanked the public for its support and created a sort of welcome home video:

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood of San Bernardino County are facing charges of mayhem, assault and battery in the attack on Stow. The family is suing the Los Angeles Dodgers claiming that lax security allowed the attack to happen. Stow's attorney's say his medical bills could add up to over $50 million over the course of his life.

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