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Former NDSU Player Holds New Daughter

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A former NDSU player is on the road to recovery after being in critical condition from a fight in Mankato, MN and now he gets to be a dad for the second time.

According to Isaac Kolstad's families CaringBridge page, he held his new daughter Malia over the weekend.

Doctors say they plan to remove his stitches and bandages soon and Kolstad has already been starting some rehab. Two men have been arrested in connection with the fight that happened in May, both have been charged with assault. 

Here's the CaringBridge Entry: 

"This week, Isaac has been taking every opportunity to rest and heal. We are expecting lots of work ahead of us when we get to rehab, that we are taking advantage of this resting time. His care team is satisfied with the healing of his head wound from his bone replacement surgery. They plan to remove his stitches and bandages soon and it will be exciting to see Isaac's head back to a more normal state.

Isaac has been participating in standing exercises on a daily basis now. He still requires adequate assistance from his physical therapists but is able to bear weight for short periods of time. After 6 weeks in bed, these exercises are a small relief for Isaac.

Now on a medication regimen that is less sedating, Isaac has shown more ability to interact more with his family. He is returning kisses and making consistent eye contact when we talk to him. We think Isaac is remembering that he is a daddy with the help of his new daughter, Malia. When we lay Malia on chest, Isaac consistently reaches up with his left hand and “holds” her. He has even patted her back and rubbed her little hand.

One reason the bone replacement surgery was necessary, was to correct spinal fluid that has accumulated on the left side of his brain. Replacing the bone flap pushes the brain back into a normal position and assists the body to reabsorb that fluid. A scan was completed this week and there is an area that has not yet been reabsorbed. If the body does not correct the fluid pockets on its own, the fluid will need to be medically drained. Isaac will be scanned at a later time to ensure the fluid has resolved, if not they will need to complete a surgical procedure to drain the fluid.

We would also like to extend a thank you to those in the community that participated in the In Honor of Isaac Kolstad Blood Drive through the American Red Cross, that attended the Moondogs Baseball Game to support us, and to the individuals that have donated their services and skills to help our family in our time of need. We are so appreciative and are grateful to all that have and continue to contribute to Isaac's cause."

If you ordered a t-shirt through the Fastenal order (at or after the benefit), they are in and available for pick up at their Mankato store. We look forward to seeing you sport #22Strong!  

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