(Bay City News Service) For the first time since he was attacked after a baseball game in Los Angeles in March, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on Friday felt the sun's warmth on his face, and called the experience "magical," his family said.
Stow suffered brain damage in the attack outside Dodger Stadium on March 31, and after months of setbacks in his recovery, he showed signs of progress last week when he began regularly communicating through facial expressions and bits of conservation.
Stow has been speaking a few words at a time with family members and his physical therapists since Wednesday, although he has yet to progress to full conversations, his family said on a website they created to chronicle his progress.
"On Friday Bryan said something that perfectly fit the moment, and really describes these past few days," his family wrote. "Bonnie asked Bryan how it felt to be outside. Bryan, sitting in the sun, with his eyes closed said, 'It's magical.'"
His family said Monday that Stow "is more responsive and getting stronger," and will begin having sessions with his physical and occupational therapists five days a week.