Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan beaten to within inches of his life outside Dodgers Stadium in 2011, is back home with his family in Santa Cruz — but that's not as good of news as it might sound.
Stow was forced to leave the Bakersfield live-in rehab facility where he was being treated after his insurance stopped covering his care there.
The Stow family announced Bryan was home for the first time in two years in a recent blog post simply titled "Home." What sounded like an achievement, soon turned bittersweet:
"The insurance company has ceased payment for [Centre for Neuro Skills], so Bryan has come home. Let us clarify something very important — Bryan could have benefited greatly by staying at CNS longer. We are so glad to have him home, but as prepared as we thought we were, it was a difficult transition. Bryan requires so much assistance and it is impossible for Ann and Dave to do it alone. Bryan requires 24 hour nursing care, but this is not covered by insurance. So we had to hire care givers in order to help Bryan to get up and showered in the morning, and get dressed and in bed in the evening. We are now the ones administrating his medical care, scheduling all his appointments, and preparing all his meals. We are not complaining…we have Bryan home!
The post continues to talk about how Stow has encountered a "big setback" by leaving his rehab facility:
At first look and during conversations, Bryan appears to be doing better, cognitively. But to be with him as much as we are, we see what others don’t. The memory problems, the use of words that do not belong, the pain he is in and the stiffness in his body that prevents him from being able to do things on his own. Due to a huge cut in therapy coverage, Bryan has physically experienced a big setback. We do what we can at home, but he needs the 5 days a week that he grew accustomed to. We just don’t know how to get that for him.
It has been estimated by his family's attorneys that the medical care required to help Stow, 44, for the rest of his life would cost more than $50 million. His family sued the Dodgers last year. Meanwhile, the two men accused of attacking Stow — Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood — are awaiting trial in Southern California. They've pled not guilty to charges of mayhem, assault and battery.
Here's a new video the Stow family posted on YouTube updating Bryan's story:
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