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Bryan Stow undergoes emergency surgery; L.A. county increases reward in the criminal investigation

Jul 20, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California Reuters

The Los Angeles Times reports that Bryan Stow suffered a 30-second seizure earlier this week and that, as a result, he underwent emergency surgery to alleviate fluid build-up on his brain.  There is no word in the linked story as to how that has changed his overall condition, but obviously emergency surgery is not a good thing.

In other news, while there is one suspect in custody in the Stow case, no one has been charged and the investigation continues.  Accordingly, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has increased the reward for information leading to arrests in the case. Before they were offering $10,000, now it’s $25,000.  The Dodgers continue to offer $200,000.

The guy they have in custody — Giovanni Ramirez — is being held on an unrelated parole violation. His girlfriend was recently arrested too, though there is no suggestion of a connection as of yet.  There is word, however, that the police are having difficulty making a case against Ramirez due to multiple friends and family members offering him alibis, so this all remains somewhat depressing.

  1. mvpolamalu - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Giovanni Ramirez, burn in hell

    • kopy - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      I agree with that fate for the perpetrator of the crime, but as for whether or not that perpetrator is Giovanni Ramirez, you can color me (and the LAPD) skeptical.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        Agreed about his due process and fair trial.

        But, in mvpolamalu’s defense, with Ramirez’s rap sheet and criminal history (not necessarily the same thing), there’s a good chance that he might do exactly that, his possible participation in Stow’s beating notwithstanding.

      • clydeserra - Jul 20, 2011 at 4:54 PM

        Utley’s Hair: that is ridiculous. We are not thought police. There are thousands of people with similar “rap” sheets that would do no such thing.

    • clydeserra - Jul 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      what is your evidence that this guy did anything to Bryan Stow?

  2. cur68 - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Seizure induced hydrocephaly can be relieved by insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS). The shunt sits in an area of the brain ventricle (there’s 4 of those) where cerebrospinal fluid is pooling (CSF). The CSF is supposed to flow freely between the ventricles and spine. Due to damage the flow can be impeded and collect causing hydrocephaly which means something like ‘fluid collecting in the brian’. Since an adult’s skull bones are fused the head cannot increase in size so the brain is squished rather quickly. Increase in intracranial pressure (ICP) causes the seizure. Placing a VP is a well known and oft carried out procedure the implications and outcomes of which are well understood. It drains the collecting fluid into the belly or chest once a certain pressure gradient is achieved. Many people, often children, are walking around just fine with a VP shunt so in and of itself the procedure isn’t terribly bad. The fact that he needs a shunt is of more concern.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      thanks for the info.

    • hittfamily - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      Beat me to it. I was just going to say all that.

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