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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A rehabilitation specialist testified Tuesday that while Bryan Stow will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life due to a beating attack outside Dodger Stadium three years ago that left him with permanent brain damage, he is better off at home than at a board-and-care facility.

Dr. Thomas Hedge of Northridge Hospital Medical Center disagreed with a plaintiff's expert witness, who testified that Stow, now 45, should be moved to a care facility when he is 55 or 60 years old, in part to relieve the stress on his parents, who are caring for him in their home. His mother and father are 66 and 70, respectively.

Stow's attorneys have estimated his lifetime care and lost wages could top $37.5 million.

Taking the stand as a defense witness in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial of Stow's negligence lawsuit against former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, Hedge said he met with Stow for about two hours at a Capitola hotel last year. Stow's parents were there and helped answer questions that their son could not, Hedge said.

Hedge said Stow gets the kind of love and care from relatives that he would not get at a group home, but he would not expect the former paramedic's parents to always be his primary caregivers. Hedge said there was a lack of rehabilitation centers near the Capitola-Aptos area where Stow lives with his mother and father.

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