There were gains and setbacks in the past week in the condition of a former Minnesota State University football player, Isaac Kolstad, who seemed to recognize and respond to his wife on Face Time on an iPhone, according to his CaringBridge page.
Kolstad went off one of his stronger medications, which has led to "exciting movements," including scratching itches and tracking his eyes to familiar voices. When his wife, Molly, called using Face Time, he looked at her while she was talking and then grabbed the phone and pulled it in.
"It took two people to get his grip off when Molly had to say good night," according to the CaringBridge post.
The medical setback was the discovery that Kolstad's deep vein thrombosis had grown in size and started to move upward. He also has developed a second deep vein thrombosis.
Treatment has begun to dissolve the clots to prevent a pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery in the lungs), and that treatment will mean surgeries to replace the bone flap in his skull will be postponed for "quite some time."
Kolstad's next step will be to begin rehabilitation.
"From what the doctors have been seeing, they believe Isaac will have positive results and do very well once he starts rehab. We are excited for the daily improvements Isaac has been making and are anticipating more things to come when he is stable to move to rehab," the post states.
Kolstad 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.
— Amanda Dyslin