Assaulted ex-football player responds to commands
Published 10:04 am Wednesday, June 4, 2014
MANKATO — The family of a former Minnesota State, Mankato football player said he’s responding to his neurosurgeon’s commands for the first time since being beaten more than three weeks ago.
Reports said Isaac Kolstad’s brother-in-law detailed Kolstad’s progress on a CaringBridge website Tuesday.
Mike Fleming writes that Kolstad twice responded to his neurosurgeon’s verbal commands to give a thumbs-up.
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Fleming said doctors have told the family that if Kolstad is able to follow a command, “he will be in the best place for a possible recovery.”
Kolstad suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury in a May 11 fight in downtown Mankato. He remains in critical condition.
Prosecutors have charged former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson, of Mankato, and Trevor Shelley, of St. Peter, with assaulting Kolstad.