The Free Press, Mankato, MN

June 14, 2014

Kolstad stands with help


The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Isaac Kolstad was able to stand for the first time since the downtown Mankato fight last month that left him critically injured, his brother-in-law Mike Fleming said on Kolstad's CaringBridge website.

Kolstad was visited by speech and physical therapists in the past week. He reportedly stood with assistance on three occasions, finally demonstrating the ability to bear weight on his legs. He even followed the direction of therapists to stand taller.

Earlier Friday, he worked with therapists on holding up his head and torso while sitting on the edge of the bed. The therapists noted he responded positively by pulling up on a therapist and appearing to want to get off the bed.

Speech therapists also placed a speaking valve in Kol­stad’s trachea. He is being encouraged to talk, Fleming said in the post.

In other developments, Kolstad had surgery Friday to replace the section of his skull that was removed to prevent brain swelling. The posts said "all went as planned" in the surgery.

The post also notes Kolstad is in "a lot of pain" but doctor were working to "get him comfortable."

Kolstad, a former football player for MSU, suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury in a May 11 fight in downtown Mankato. Prosecutors have charged former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson of Mankato and Trevor Shelley of St. Peter with assaulting Kolstad.