Mankato assault victim Kolstad breathing on his own

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The former Minnesota State University football player who suffered a serious brain injury from an assault in downtown Mankato earlier this month is breathing on his own, according to his CaringBridge page.

The post said that Kolstad was off sedation medications and was able to breathe on his own Saturday. However, Kolstad remains in a coma from his traumatic brain injuries, KSTP reports.

"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 Fleming wrote on Kolstad's CaringBridge page.

Fleming also thanked the community for their support and prayers.

Kolstad, 24, was found unconscious and suffering from head trauma outside of a bar in downtown Mankato on May 11. Former University of Minnesota Gophers’ quarterback Philip Nelson, 20, was arrested shortly afterwards and charged in the assault. Trevor Shelley, 21, of St. Peter was also charged.

According to the criminal complaint, Kolstad and Nelson got into an argument after leaving a Mankato bar. Police said that video surveillance show Kolstad striking Nelson in the back, then shows Shelley punching Kolstad and knocking him to the ground. Police said Nelson then kicked Kolstad in the head as he was on the ground.

Kolstad's family has hired an attorney to ready civil suits, but none have been filed.

Last week, hundreds attended a fundraiser for Kolstad and his family. Kolstad has a wife and daughter and another daughter on the way.

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