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Man attacked at game faces tough recovery from brain injury

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

Baseball season had arrived. The season opener game between the Dodgers and the Giants had concluded and fans were heading home with the incident occurred. A Giants fan was attacked by two men and beaten severely. He suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result and was immediately hospitalized.

Since the attack six weeks ago, the man is still in critical condition and has not regained consciousness. His family is hopeful that he will wake up soon. Hospital officials are uncertain as to how his recovery will go; his loved ones have noted that he is responding to certain stimuli. But brain injury victims have a tough road to recovery.

The man is being moved to a medical center closer to his home and ultimately will be moved to a rehabilitation center. But thus far, hospital officials are just trying to make sure that he remains in a stable condition during the first move.

Hospital staff who has been working with the man understands that his recovery will likely be long and painful. But one staff member noted that the man has been able to open his eyes. This serves as an encouragement for those who have been following his recovery.

Suffering a brain injury can result in a number of consequences for the brain injury victim. This type of injury can potentially alter the course of one's life permanently. In some situations, a victim may be unable to speak or walk and may require intense therapy to regain even the most basic motor functions. Some brain injuries can be fatal as well.

As police continue to search for the two attackers, the man's family continues to support their loved one while he continues to recover.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle online, "Beaten Giants fan is back in Northern California," Demian Bulwa, 17 May 2011

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