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Mankato student seriously injured in fall from balcony on his birthday

The former Mankato football player was celebrating his 23rd birthday.

A senior at Minnesota State University-Mankato suffered life-threatening injuries in a fall from a balcony while celebrating his birthday on Saturday, Sep. 8. 

According to an online fundraiser, 23-year-old Anthony Thielk fell 25 feet from a balcony and suffered severe brain injuries that left him fighting for his life. 

"It's still too early to determine the full extent of his brain injury, but the road to full recovery may take months," the GoFundMe page says. "The biggest concern at this time is the swelling and bleeding of the brain along with skull fractures. Please pray with us in this area for continued healing."

Mankato police told the Pioneer Press that alcohol appeared to be a factor in the fall. 

Thielk, a communications major, was previously a football player at MSU-Mankato, with his bio from the 2015 team roster describing him then as a redshirt freshman linebacker from Batavia, Illinois. 

"We know that this is not going to deter his future, his grit and determination wouldn't allow it," the fundraiser says about Thielk. "His supportive family and close knit group of friends have rallied behind him and will be with him every step of the way. Not only that, but he has 2 loving dogs that can't wait for him to come home."

As of Wednesday morning, the fundraiser had generated more than $15,000. 

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