Isaac Kolstad, the former Minnesota State University, Mankato football player critically injured in an assault last month, is continuing to show progress in the hospital, his CaringBridge page says.
In an update written on the page Saturday night, Kolstad's brother-in-law, Mike Fleming, says there have been "exciting movements from Isaac" as further attempts have been made to remove him from relaxant and pain medications.
"He has been scratching at an itch on his eye, nose and cheek. He is tracking with his eyes to familiar voices better and better every day," Fleming's update says. "His wife called using Face Time on the iPhone one night. He tracked his eyes and looked at her while she talked, then he reached up and grabbed the phone and pulled it in. It took two people to get his grip off when Molly had to say good night."
Early last week, Issac Kolstad also gave a thumbs-up when prompted by his surgeon.
Kolstad, 24, was hospitalized May 11 following a beating incident outside a Mankato bar. Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson, 20, of Mankato, and Trevor Shelley, 21, of St. Peter, have been charged in connection with the assault.
Despite the promising news on Kolstad this weekend, there have been more setbacks. He was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis Tuesday and the condition – where blood clots form within the veins – appears to have worsened, his CaringBridge page says.
"An ultrasound was repeated and the DVT that was discovered had grown in size had started to move upward. Then they found that he had developed a second DVT. Treatment had been started when the DVT first found to prevent further ones, however it was again ineffective," Fleming wrote. "So treatment was started to dissolve the clots when the second was found to reduce his risk of the pulmonary embolism. This will put off any surgeries to replace the bone flap in his skull for quite some time."
The next step for Kolstad is to start rehabilitation at a traumatic brain injury facility.
"From what the doctors have been seeing, they believe Isaac will have positive results and do very well once he starts rehab," Fleming says.