The opening weekend of the 2011 Major League Baseball season seems so long ago now, though the family of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow may not think so. That weekend he was attacked at Dodger Stadium, leaving him in a medically induced coma for months. But through the tireless efforts of doctors and the undying love of his family and friends Bryan is mend, actually speaking for the first time since that terrible incident at Chavez Ravine.
The Stow family has kept a blog detailing Bryan's day-to-day struggle, Support4BryanStow.com but had some great news to report on Wednesday:
On Wednesday, we were also told that Bryan had his speaking valve on his trach and when the speech therapists asked his first and last name, he said them. The ST asked what his daughter's name was and he said, "Tabby". She asked what that was short for and he said, "Tabitha". She then asked what his son's name was and he said, "Tyler".
Today, the Speech Therapist was working with him again and asked him what his birthday was. Bryan then said, "2/12/1969". With the valve on, he told Erin he loved her, and, while Erin was videotaping it for Bonnie, he said, "Hi," and "Bonnie", when asked to say it. Also, Dave was holding up pictures of Tyler and Tabitha and Bryan said, "I would like to see them."
Although Bryan still has many hurdles to clear, this is undoubtedly terrific news for him and his family. I hope that he can continue to improve every day and get back to his family who need him the most.
If you'd like to support the Stow family or simply keep updated on Bryan's progress, check out Support4BryanStow.com