Giants fan Stow transferred to SF hospital

Giants fan Stow transferred to SF hospital

Bryan Stow is slowly moving closer to home.

Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, has begun a journey that will take him back to Northern California for continued care. He was still in critical condition Monday as he was taken by ambulance to Burbank airport, a status mitigated by nearly seven weeks of constant care in Los Angeles.

Stow had been in the hospital since the March 31 attack that left him injured, and doctors at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center placed him into a medically induced coma to better treat his injuries. The 42-year-old resident of Santa Cruz is expected to arrive Monday at San Francisco General Hospital.

That facility is the only trauma center in the city that specializes in brain injuries, and according to spokeswoman Rachel Kagan, Stow will be monitored by Dr. Geoff Manley, the hospital's chief of neurosurgery.

"He's not ready for a long-term facility. He is still critically ill," said Kagan. "He will be in intensive care."

Stow, a father of two who had been dressed in a Giants jersey at the time of his assault, has received national attention in the wake of the incident. He had been in the process of leaving the stadium when he was attacked by two men -- both still unidentified -- and repeatedly hit in the head and body, causing serious injury.

The community reacted swiftly after the assault, raising $61,000 at a Dodger Stadium fundraiser for Stow's treatment. The stadium has announced plans to install more lighting fixtures in the parking lot and to halt the half-priced sale of beer at games, and local police have increased security at the stadium to quell any future incidents.

The two alleged suspects are still at large, and a $150,000 reward is being offered for a tip leading to their apprehension. Ann Stow, the victim's mother, thanked the people of Los Angeles for supporting her son on Sunday. The family also said the move was partly sad in that they had met so many kind people while working toward recovery in Los Angeles.

And while Stow is headed back closer to home, his favorite team is retracing his path. The Giants, defending World Series champions, will return to Los Angeles on Wednesday for the first time since the opening series.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.