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May 17, 2014

Kolstad family releases update

MANKATO — The family of Isaac Kolstad, the victim of last weekend's downtown assault, released a statement through Mayo Clinic Health System on Saturday, updating Kolstad's condition and detailing his injuries and care.

The statement says that Kolstad had emergency surgery on Tuesday and had "a significant amount" of brain tissue removed. He has significant swelling in the brain and is unable to breathe on his own due to severe injury to his lungs. He also underwent a tracheotomy on Friday to manage his breathing.

Following is the entire statement from the family:

Isaac remains in critical condition at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

Due to the injuries Isaac sustained early last Sunday morning, his brain had severe bruising and swelling, increasing the pressure within his skull to life-threatening levels. In order to relieve the swelling, he required emergency surgery on his brain early Tuesday morning. Isaac had a significant amount of his brain tissue that was no longer viable removed during that procedure.

Even though the surgery was successful, the swelling in Isaac’s brain remains significant; leaving him at high risk for further injury and potentially additional surgical procedures. Isaac’s lungs also sustained severe injury, resulting in the inability to breathe on his own. He also sustained a lack of oxygen to his brain.

Isaac continues to be in a medically induced coma, utilizing life support to keep him breathing. Yesterday, Friday, May 16, Isaac underwent his second major surgery, a Tracheotomy operation. This helps manage his breathing while on life support.

Isaac’s care team of neurosurgeons, physicians, nurses, therapists and others are doing everything they possibly can each day to keep Isaac alive and fighting. We are blessed to have Mayo Clinic care so close to home for Isaac. There is no doubt in our minds he is receiving the very best care available.

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