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File photo: Bryan Stow, escorted by his neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Zada and medical staff, is taken from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to Bob Hope Airport for a trip to San Francisco General Hospital in 2011.
A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being severely beaten at Dodger Stadium after a game in 2011 is back in the hospital after suffering a blood clot.
Bryan Stow's family posted a note on their website Friday that said he suffered a large blood clot in his thigh and pelvis that could have been fatal.
The family said a filter was inserted in Stow's abdomen to catch any new clots before they reached his lungs. Stow also received injections to help dissolve the clot and prevent others.
"He’s expected to be in the hospital at least through the weekend," the family wrote. "Needless to say, we are scared and worried. We thought we were past the point of being afraid of Bryan even surviving. The doctor told Bonnie last night that due to the size and hardness of the clot, he is surprised it didn’t kill him. Really tough words to hear and now that Bryan is more aware of what’s going on, he’s scared too. We have always tried to shield him from knowing too many of these hard details, but now we just have to deal with it with him and try to stay positive."
Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, was permanently disabled after the beating, which sparked new efforts to increase fan safety and stadium security.
Defense attorneys for Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are currently review thousands of pages of evidence against their clients who are accused of brutally assaulting Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after Opening Day 2011.
Prosecutors portrayed Sanchez as a possibly drunk, unruly fan who was itching for a fight throughout the game. They said Norwood, who is engaged to Sanchez's sister and has children with her, chased after Sanchez in the parking lot, but ultimately joined in the alleged beating of Stow.