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Infections Cause Setback in Bryan Stow’s Recovery

SAN FRANCISCO - Attacked Giants fan Bryan Stow is battling a pair of infections after showing significant improvements last week, according to family members.

The 42-year-old paramedic and father from Live Oak was attacked outside Dodger Stadium on March 31 after the Opening Day game between the Dodgers and Giants. His head hit the ground and he suffered a severe skull fracture. He has been hospitalized at San Francisco General since May, after undergoing a life-saving procedure in which part of his skull was removed to relieve pressure from his swollen brain.

Last week, relatives and hospital representatives reporting Stow making improvements, including the ability to follow simple commands. He suffered setbacks over the weekend, however, when a spinal fluid test came back positive for a urinary tract infection and staph infection.

Stow's sister, Erin Collins of Scotts Valley, said she and her mother were with Stow on Saturday when they got the results of the test. Stow also developed high fevers, with his temperature climbing as far as 104 degrees, according to Collins. He was placed on antibiotics and an ice vest was applied to help bring his temperature down.

It's "pretty disappointing," said Collins on Tuesday afternoon. "His temperature was a little lower today though, so we're hoping this continues in a good direction."

Doctors had hoped to put a shunt in Stow to help divert excess fluid from his brain, but they cannot do so until the infections are gone.

On their website, www.support4BryanStow.com , Stow's family also addressed the fan violence that occurred at Candlestick Park for a pre-season 49ers-Raiders game over the weekend.

"We have felt, since March 31, that this tragedy did not happen to Bryan for nothing. We had hoped it would teach people that violence, specifically at sporting events, is unnecessary and wrong," they wrote in a blog entry. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday night's game and their families."



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