Isaac Kolstad Taken Off Life Support, Remains in Coma

Updated: 05/25/2014 11:08 AM
Created: 05/25/2014 10:48 AM
By: Megan Stewart

Isaac Kolstad, a former college football player who is in a coma after he was allegedly kicked in the head during a fight in Mankato earlier this month, made positive strides in his recovery this weekend, according to family.

Doctors said Kolstad had a skull fracture on the left side of his head after the fight on May 11. 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.

In the two weeks he's been in Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Kolstad has had two major surgeries, family members say. After his second surgery, the family released details of his recovery, saying Kolstad was on life-support and in a medically-induced coma.

On Saturday, they said Kolstad had been breathing without the life support all day. He is also no longer medically sedated, but is still in a coma from his traumatic brain injuries, the family says.

"It is such a relief to see Isaac relaxed today as the struggle for him to remain stable off of the sedation medications was incredibly emotional," Mike Flemming wrote on Kolstad's CaringBridge site.

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.

Nelson 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 before he was kicked.

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