Bryan Stow Speaks, Asks for His Kids

After months in a coma, beating victim speaks and moves his arm.

By RJ Middleton
|  Thursday, Sep 22, 2011  |  Updated 8:35 PM PDT
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Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten at Dodger Stadium nearly six months ago, is now talking.  NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro spoke to Stow's longtime friend.

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten at Dodger Stadium nearly six months ago, is now talking. NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro spoke to Stow's longtime friend.

Bryan Stow, severely beaten on baseball's opening day and in a coma since, had a major surgery one week ago. This week he's speaking to his family and asking to see his kids.

Progress is still slow going, according to the Stow family's blog, but, when showed a picture of his children Tyler and Tabitha, Stow said, "I would like to see them."

Stow underwent surgery to install a shunt as well as a speaking valve. He has been able to move his left arm since that surgery, as well. When asked, he also recited his birth date.

"We are blown away with all of this," the family's blog reads. "Literally, one day we got some facial responses and the next, he's talking. His voice is gravelly and you have to be close to hear him, but he is talking."

Doctors continue to monitor blood clots that could migrate into Stow's lungs and they say he has a long way to go before there can even be talk of a full recovery.

"We are encouraged by Bryan Stow’s continued neurological improvement and can report that he is beginning to talk again," Dr. Geoff Manley, chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, said. "However, he remains seriously injured and has several ongoing medical issues that we are currently managing."

Manley said doctors will continue to monitor Stow's progress but a long term prognosis could not be made at this time.

[A timeline of Bryan Stow's saga is here.]

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