Beaten Giants fan is speaking

SAN FRANCISCO — Family members of a San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium said he is speaking and more responsive than ever since his attack nearly six months ago.

The family of Bryan Stow posted the update Wednesday on its website, saying his latest improvements came a week after he received a shunt to relieve pressure on his brain.

During a speech therapy session, Stow was able to say his full name and the names of his daughter and son.

"We are blown away with all of this," the family said. "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. Right now, Bryan is more awake and more responsive then (sic) ever."

Stow, 42, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, suffered severe brain injury when he was attacked in Los Angeles after the Dodgers' home opener against the Giants on March 31.

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