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Lexi Bolstad Moving out of ICU

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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 3

 Good news to report about a recovering student from Davies High School. According to the most recent post on the Caringbridge.org page for Alexis Bolstad, she is moving out of the intensive care unit.

Her family says it is amazing to watch her progress. At one point they counted more than 16 tubes and machines monitoring Lexi, and now she is down to just one feeding tube.

Her family is communicating with her by using an iPad. Lexi has been able to type all the words they ask her to, and answer questions using the iPad. 

The Bolstad family says they are thankful for all the support and are now starting to get ready for the rehab phase of her recovery. Lexi has been at Essentia Health in Fargo since she fell and hit her head in August.

UPDATE AUGUST 20 

Injured Davies High School basketball star Lexi Bolstad is showing improvements in her recovery.

Her Caringbridge site says she was able to open her eyes halfway and squeeze a family member's hand.

Lexi has been in critical condition at Essentia Health in Fargo since a fall earlier this month.

UPDATE AUGUST 15

Alexis Bolstad will be a Senior at Davies High School this year, but has spent the past 12 days at Essentia Health in Fargo after sustaining a serious head injury.

Now friends and family joined together to do whatever they can to rally around Lexi. Dozens joined together at Ed Clapp Park Thursday night to light candles and say prayers for the 17 year-old.

She has undergone 3 major brain surgeries in the past two weeks. Family says she is heavily sedated and still in critical condition. Lexi's father Jon and sister Brittney joined the vigil, while her mother was watching from Lexi's 4th floor window as she stays by her side.

Valley News Live talked with the family who says the outside support has been overwhelming for them on this journey though Lexis' recovery.

For almost two weeks the Bolstad family has been at Essentia health staying by Lexis' side.

"We've gotten to know the other people up here in ICU and it just we share each other our stories, and we just pray for each other." Jon Bolstad says looking up at the hospital.

They say their only link outside of the hospital is by updating her caring bridge page, which Lexi's older sister Brittney tries to do many times a day. The family enjoys reading all the comments of support from visitors.

"It feels good to read and know that there's that many people praying for her and caring for her and how she's doing. And it makes us feel good that there's that many people that want her to recover." Brittney says.

Teammates and friends of hers have made bracelets saying Pray for Lexi, and the money raised from selling them all goes back to the family.

"The support we've gotten for Lexi has been overwhelming." Jon laughs.

He explains the support is coming from family, friends, teammates, and even other schools. They all help pray for Lexi.

"We've been telling her that all these people are rooting for her, so I think that's helping her fight through this, and making her stronger than she already is." Brittney says with a quiet laugh.

"And she is one strong girl." Jon adds.

Many people are doing all they can to support Lexi's family, and they said it's those prayers from the community that keeps her going.

If you want to visit Alexis Bolstad's CaringBridge page just click here.

UPDATE AUGUST 13

The Fargo Davies High School community is spending part of back-to-school orientation day rallying around a classmate. On Tuesday, students were selling 1,100 bracelets for $5 each for 17-year-old Alexis Bolstad.

Lexi is recovering from a serious head injury. She has been at Essentia Health in Fargo since hitting her head and losing consciousness on August 4.

Kinsey Papacheck, friend and teammate: "We just wanna spread the word to get as many prayers as we can because we know that's gonna help her in the long run."

The latest update from the Bolstad family says she was brought in for surgery on Tuesday after a "rough night." All the money raised from the bracelets will go to the Bolstad family.

UPDATE AUGUST 9

There's some positive news for a teenage athlete from Fargo with a serious brain injury.

Davies High School senior Alexis Bolstad is in "critical, but stable" condition at Essentia Hospital after fracturing her skull during a fall. Her CaringBridge website says her most recent brain scan shows small improvements and more even pressure.

Alexis is a star basketball player for Davies.

ORIGINAL STORY

A Fargo Davies student is in the hospital recovering from an accident. Alexis (Lexi) Bolstad fell and hit her head on Sunday, August 4. Family members tell Valley News Live Lexi was in a Gem Car, but aren't completely sure what happened that night.

Lexi lost consciousness and was taken to Essentia Health in Fargo. According to Lexi's Caringbridge website, she was diagnosed with a skull fracture through the night it became apparent that she had a severe brain injury.

Her care team spent the following day trying to keep the pressure down in her brain. On the second day, doctors removed the damaged part of her brain and a portion of her skull to give the brain more room.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Lexi is stable and will be sedated for about 10 days if she doesn't have any more complications.

 A prayer service was held on Tuesday night at Hope Lutheran church. The pastor there says more than one hundred people were there to support Lexi and her family. To follow Lexi's progress, we've added a link to the right of this story to her Caringbridge website.

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