Isaac Kolstad walking up to 200 feet, with assistance


The former Minnesota State University, Mankato football player who was seriously injured in a Mankato assault, is making small – but medically significant – improvements, his wife says in a lengthy new CaringBridge post.

Isaac Kolstad has a "few new tricks" within the last week, including a "come here" motion and a finger snap with his left hand. He also pats backs when he hugs, his wife Molly Kolstad says.

"We celebrate the little things like these and know that Isaac is coming around, it will just take time," she writes.

Kolstad, 24, was attacked outside a downtown bar May 11. He suffered a skull fracture and traumatic brain injury in the assault, and has undergone a number of surgeries so far during the recovery process.

He has continued to make small improvements, and last month, he was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation program in Twin Cities.

Kolstad undergoes two hours of therapy a day, and with support of two therapists, he is walking up to 200 feet in a session, his wife notes.

He also has started to help feed himself ice chips, take off his own socks, and pull on his shirt. "It has been so great to see Isaac in his own clothes again !#22 Maverick Football workout attire of course!" his wife writes.

Molly Kolstad in early June gave birth to the couple's second child, daughter Malia.

Prosecutors have charged former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson and Trevor Shelley, of St. Peter, in the May 11 assault.

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