Bryan Stow Speaks His First Words Since Dodger Stadium Beating

Great update via the website through which Bryan Stow's family keeps the world apprised of how his recovery from a brutal beating outside Dodger Stadium is going.

Yesterday, Stow's speech therapists told loved ones that a speaking valve on his trach enabled him to answer properly when asked to say his first and last name. There's more:

The ST asked what his daughter's name was and he said, "Tabby." She asked what that was short for and he said, "Tabitha." She then asked what his son's name was and he said, "Tyler."

Today, the Speech Therapist was working with him again and asked him what his birthday was. Bryan then said, "2/12/1969". With the valve on, he told Erin he loved her, and, while Erin was videotaping it for Bonnie, he said, "Hi," and "Bonnie", when asked to say it. Also, Dave was holding up pictures of Tyler and Tabitha and Bryan said, "I would like to see them."

We are blown away with all of this. Literally one day we got some facial responses and the next, he's talking. His voice is gravelly and you have to be close to hear him, but he is talking. ... Right now, Bryan is more awake and more responsive then ever.

After nearly six months of ups and downs, this marks a crucial step forward, possibly a sign of consistent progress ahead, soon. Congratulations, Bryan, and keep fighting back.


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