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Bryan Stow Speaks, Asks for His Kids

After months in a coma, beating victim speaks and moves his arm.

By RJ Middleton and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Sep 22, 2011  |  Updated 7:33 AM PDT
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Bryan Stow before the attack in Los Angeles on baseball's opening day.

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Bryan Stow, severely beaten on baseball's opening day and in a coma since, had a major surgery one week ago. This week, he's speaking to his family and asking to see his kids.

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Progress is still slow going, according to the Stow family's blog, but, when showed a picture of his children Tyler and Tabitha, Stow said, "I would like to see them."

Stow underwent surgery to install a shunt as well as a speaking valve. He has been able to move his left arm since that surgery. When asked, he also recited his birth date.

"We are blown away with all of this," the family's blog reads. "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."

Doctors continue to monitor blood clots that could migrate into Stow's lungs.

Last month, attorneys for Stow estimated  his medical expenses ta about $50 million. Their statement was filed as part of a lawsuit filed May 24 by Stow and his children against Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and 13 team entities.

The damages figure is required before the case can move forward.

Defense attorneys have challenged the claims. A hearing on the team's motions is scheduled for Sept. 30.

As for the criminal case, two men arrested in connection with the March 31 attack are scheduled for a Sept. 30 pre-trial hearing.

Both men pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered both held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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