Beaten Giants fan out of hospital, in rehab

The San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside

Dodgers Stadium was transferred to a rehabilitation facility

Tuesday after nearly seven months in hospitals, doctors said.

Bryan Stow’s move into rehab is a step forward in his recovery

after he suffered serious brain injuries in the March attack that

had left him barely clinging to life. Doctors at San Francisco

General Hospital, where he had been treated since May, predicted a

long and rocky road ahead for the 42-year-old Santa Cruz

paramedic.

”Bryan has been an extremely challenging patient,” said Dr.

Geoff Manley, who is the hospital’s chief of neurosurgery and has

been overseeing Stow’s care. ”It has been a roller coaster, but he

is young and strong and has made tremendous advances.”

Stow’s family recently reported on its website that he is

speaking and moving his limbs again.

Manley said Tuesday that Stow is ”starting to get up but not

quite walking.”

The family requested that the name of Stow’s rehab facility not

be released, according to Manley. The family released a statement

saying, ”We feel immense relief today, knowing that Bryan is ready

to start the next chapter of his story.”

Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have been charged in

the attack, which police describe as the culmination of a string of

confrontations they had with randomly selected Giants fans at the

stadium during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ March 31 home opener.

Sanchez and Norwood both have pleaded not guilty to mayhem,

assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery

with serious bodily injury in Los Angeles County Superior

Court.