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Beaten baseball fan may have sustained brain damage

La Crosse TV station WKBT reports that a baseball fan who was beaten at a recent major league game remains in a coma.

The 42-year-old father of two is a paramedic and baseball fan who suffered a severe skull fracture and extensive bruising of the brain's frontal lobes in an attack at a game in Los Angeles between the hometown Dodgers and rival San Francisco Giants.

The man beaten by unknown assailants is a Giants fan.

According to reports, doctors removed the entire left side of the man's skull in order to relieve pressure from swelling of the brain. His physicians now say that the pressure has returned to normal, but the patient is in a coma both from his brain injuries and the sedation given him to lower brain activity.

Sadly, doctors say there's evidence of brain dysfunction, though they will learn more about the extent of any lasting damage once the man is conscious again.

Doctors say they can't make a prognosis in this particular case, but in similar cases, these kinds of brain injuries can result in personality changes, depression, memory loss and impaired thinking abilities.

The man was in a parking lot outside the stadium when two young men in Dodgers gear began swearing at him and taunting him and two other fans wearing Giants jerseys and caps.

He was then punched in the back of the head. The punches caused him to slam his head into the pavement, where he was kicked by his attackers before they ran off.

A reward of at least $100,000 has been offered for information leading to the capture of the attackers.

Resource: WKBT: "Fan beaten at Dodger game may have brain damage": April 5, 2011

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