Beaten Giants fan out of hospital, in rehab

In this handout photo provided by San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Geoff Manley, the hospital's neurosurgeon chief, left, poses next to hospital workers as Bryan Stow, second from left, is transferred from San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.
AP Photo/San Francisco General Hospital

SAN FRANCISCO - Doctors say the San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodgers Stadium has been released from the hospital and transferred to a rehabilitation facility.

Bryan Stow's move into rehab is step forward in his recovery after being in hospitals for nearly seven months.

Stow suffered serious brain injuries from the March attack in the stadium parking lot after the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener. Two men have been charged in the beating.

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Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital have predicted a long road for Stow's recovery, though his family recently reported that the Santa Cruz father of two is speaking and moving his limbs again.

Dr. Geoff Manley, the hospital's neurosurgery chief, says Stow was released Tuesday to an undisclosed rehab facility.

Last month, Stow's family said he went outside for the first time in nearly six months as he shows more signs of improvement.

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Stow over the past week also made jokes, recognized family members and recalled memories from his childhood. The family said the 42-year-old paramedic speaks just a few words at a time rather than full conversations.