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Giants Fan Bryan Stow Speaks First Words

On the road to recovery, Bryan Stow speaks for the first time.

Bryan Stow speaks
Bryan Stow speaks
Giants fan Bryan Stow is continuing on the road to recovery Thursday and able to speak.

After being awoken from a medically induced coma last week, Stow uttered his first words yesterday. According to the family's blog, speech therapists were working with him Wednesday asking him several questions. He quietly but accurately said his name and birthdate. He told his sister that he loves her and when a family member held up a picture of his children, 8-year-old Tabitha and 12-year-old Tyler, he said:

"I want to see my kids."

Last week, doctors implanted a shunt in Stow's brain to remove excess fluid in hope to increase his responsiveness. According to the blog, they could see slight progress once the shunt was implanted and was moving his arms and legs. They say they are relieved and happy for the his progress saying:

"We're blown away with all of this. Literally one day we got 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."

Stow was brutally beaten up on the Dodgers opening day game against the Giants.



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