MANKATO — Isaac Kolstad is doing daily standing exercises and is showing more ability to interact with family members six weeks after the former Minnesota State University football player was critically injured in a downtown Mankato fight, according to an update Saturday on his CaringBridge website.
Now on medication that's less sedating, Kolstad is returning kisses, making consistent eye contact and reaching with his left hand to touch his two-week-old daughter when Malia is laid on his chest, the CarringBridge post reported.
"He has even patted her back and touched her little hand," the post stated.
Kolstad requires assistance from his physical therapists when standing "but is able to bear weight for short periods of time." His head wound has healed enough from bone replacement surgery that bandages and stitches may be removed soon.
Family members also used the website to express gratitude to those who have helped the family and have participated in events such as a MoonDogs baseball fundraiser and a blood drive in Kolstad's honor through the American Red Cross.
Kolstad, a Mankato East High School graduate, 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 assault.