SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium suffered a slight setback in his recovery over the weekend, according to his family.
Bryan Stow's family members posted on their website that a spinal fluid test came back positive for urinary tract and staph infections. Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital have been giving him antibiotics and an ice vest to cool him from a high fever, they said.
Doctors and relatives have described Stow's recovery as filled with ups and downs since the March attack in the stadium parking lot after the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener. The 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two was upgraded from critical to serious condition in June.
Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have been charged in the attack, which police describe as the culmination of a string of confrontations they allegedly had with randomly selected Giants fans at the stadium. Both pleaded not guilty to mayhem, assault and battery in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this month.
In Monday's Internet posting, Stow's family also addressed the violence at Candlestick Park during Saturday's football game between the rival San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders that left two people seriously injured. Relatives said they didn't want what happened to Stow to be for nothing.
"We had hoped it would teach people that violence, specifically at sporting events, is unnecessary and wrong," the family said. "Nobody should feel afraid to root for their team, or bring their families to games. ... Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday night's game and their families."