It's a sad thing when fans take sports completely out of context; they completely forget there's more to life, like human life itself. People and families get hurt in the process. Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, became an unfortunate example of this two years ago when he was brutally beaten by Dodgers fans after the opening-day game. Shaw suffered brain damage from the incident.
Stow, a paramedic, finally returned home to his family after spending time in the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield. While that's good news on the surface, Stow didn't make the return on his own terms. He still experiences memory problems and physical pain.
The family's insurance couldn't pay for Stow's stay at the hospital for any longer, so his parents and home nurses have to give him 24-hour care. His family also detail other hardships with the transition:
Bryan requires 24-hour nursing care, but this is not covered by insurance. So we had to hire caregivers in order to help Bryan to get up and showered in the morning, and get dressed and in bed in the evening.
We do what we can at home, but he needs the five days a week that he grew accustomed to. We just don't know how to get that for him.
Stow has filed a lawsuit against the Dodgers organization and former owner Frank McCourt. It's still pending, but hopefully the Stows can get their lives back on track.