Family: Injured Mankato Man Shows 'Slight Improvement'

Created: 05/20/2014 7:21 AM
By: Jennie Olson

The former college football player who was critically injured in a fight last week is showing some signs of improvement.

Overnight, 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad’s CaringBridge page was updated to say that he’s showing signs of improvement where brain swelling is concerned. He remains on life support.

Doctors said Kolstad had a skull fracture on the left side of his head after the fight. He also was suffering from bleeding of his brain, brain swelling and shifting, along with deterioration of his lungs from a lack of oxygen, doctors told investigators.

Kolstad first underwent emergency surgery last Tuesday. Doctors removed a significant amount of brain tissue after the bruising and swelling had increased the pressure in his skull to life-threatening levels, according to Kolstad's family.

Police arrested 20-year-old Philip Nelson, a former University of Minnesota quarterback from Mankato, early in the morning on May 11, just after the assault. Nelson has been accused of kicking Kolstad in the head. He is facing two felony assault charges and is currently out on $20,000 bail.

Police also arrested 21-year-old Trevor Shelley, after witnesses came forward with information. Shelley is accused of delivering a punch to Kolstad that knocked him to the ground.

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