Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a beating outside Dodger Stadium more than six weeks ago, was flown from Los Angeles to San Francisco General Hospital on Monday, bringing him closer to relatives and friends.
The goal, hospital officials said, is to prepare the Santa Cruz resident for another move, to a long-term rehabilitation center. But two weeks after he was taken off sedatives that induced a coma, the 42-year-old paramedic and father of two remains unconscious and in critical condition.
Stow had been at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center since two men beat him March 31 in a stadium parking lot after the season-opening game between the Giants and Dodgers. Dr. Geoffrey Manley, chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General, said Monday that he and his colleagues had not yet assessed Stow's condition.
"Our goal at this point is to make sure he's stable" after the trip, Manley said.
He said the study of traumatic brain injuries is "where cancer was 30 or 40 years ago. We just don't know that much about traumatic brain injuries."
Stow's mother, Ann Stow, wrote on a family website recently that "Bryan's chances of waking up are slim but still there." On Friday, the family said he had been "responsive to stimulation, and while he doesn't do it on command, his eyes have been opening."
Rosa Saca, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said Stow opened his eyes Monday morning while being moved from his bed to a stretcher. But she said it was difficult to know what that meant.
"It was an 'ah-ha' moment," she said. "The nurses said it was the longest they had seen him keep his eyes open. ... I don't think it was involuntary. I think it was pretty voluntary."
Saca added, however, that "from what physicians are saying, his recovery is going to be very long."
Daniel Franklin, a co-worker at American Medical Response, said Stow's family and friends "are just looking forward to having him closer. It's always a positive thing when someone's stable enough to be moved that far. We are continuing to pray for him and pull for him, because he has a long fight ahead."
Police are still looking for the two men in Dodger regalia who beat and kicked Stow. The Giants return to Los Angeles for a two-game series starting Wednesday.