Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death on Opening Day outside Dodger Stadium, has spoken for the first time, asking to see his kids.

According to an update posted Wednesday on the Stow family’s blog, the father-of-two has been making steady progress since surgery a week ago to install a shunt and a speaking valve.

The family said Stow, who suffered severe brain injuries in the attack, was able to tell speech therapists his name, his birthday and the names of his children. When he was shown pictures of his kids, Stow 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,” the family wrote on

Since the surgery, the 42-year-old paramedic has also been able to move his left arm, but doctors are still cautiously monitoring blood clots to make sure they do not move into Stow’s lungs.

The two men accused of beating Stow have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court Sept. 30 for a pre-trial hearing.