LOS ANGELES (AP) – The mother of a San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium said Sunday her family harbors no resentment for Dodgers fans or the city of Los Angeles.
“We’ve never held Dodger fans accountable for it. We never held the citizens of L.A. It was not their fault. We never had that. So we’re leaving with everybody imprinted on our hearts,” Ann Stow said. She also talked about how the kindness of LA residents has helped the family during the ordeal.
Brian Stow has been out of a medically-induced coma for about a week and is stable enough to be moved to a hospital in the Bay area where he’ll be closer to his family, doctors said. He remained in critical condition, but he’ll be transferred to San Francisco General and Trauma Center as early as Monday morning.
“The family has been here for going on seven weeks. They’re 400 miles away from home. Transporting him to a facility that will be closer to home just makes much more sense,” said Rosa Saca, a Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center spokeswoman.
Stow recently opened and closed his eyes and moved his arms but those movements could be involuntary, Saca told the Associated Press.
Doctors predicted a long road toward recovery and said Stow would need at least a year of physical therapy under the best of circumstances.
The 42-year-old paramedic and father of two was beaten in a parking lot by two men in Dodgers gear after the March 31 season opener against the Giants. No arrests have been made.
The incident has prompted an outpouring of community support. Stow received as many as 25 cards a day, as well as flowers, and some residents have brought his family homemade food, Saca said.
A peace rally held Saturday in Stow’s honor drew hundreds of marchers, including police officers and community residents, KABC-TV reported. It was organized to promote public safety and raise awareness about crime victims.
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