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Update on Isaac's Condition

Isaac remains in critical condition at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

Due to the injuries Isaac sustained early last Sunday morning, his brain had severe bruising and swelling, increasing the pressure within his skull to life-threatening levels. In order to relieve the swelling, he required emergency surgery on his brain early Tuesday morning. Isaac had a significant amount of his brain tissue that was no longer viable removed during that procedure.

Even though the surgery was successful, the swelling in Isaac’s brain remains significant; leaving him at high risk for further injury and potentially additional surgical procedures. Isaac’s lungs also sustained severe injury, resulting in the inability to breathe on his own. He also sustained a lack of oxygen to his brain.

Isaac continues to be in a medically induced coma, utilizing life support to keep him breathing. Yesterday, Friday, May 16, Isaac underwent his second major surgery, a Tracheotomy operation. This helps manage his breathing while on life support.

Isaac’s care team of neurosurgeons, physicians, nurses, therapists and others are doing everything they possibly can each day to keep Isaac alive and fighting. We are blessed to have Mayo Clinic care so close to home for Isaac. There is no doubt in our minds he is receiving the very best care available.

We want to thank everyone for their support and ongoing efforts to help our family. We cannot begin to express our gratitude. As Mankato natives, we are so proud of our community and are incredibly inspired by the things going on around us. Your continued prayers and encouragement are needed and greatly appreciated.

We would ask members of the news media and others to continue to respect our request and need for privacy at this time.  We have requested that no further information (beyond his medical condition) be released.  Thank you for your understanding and continued thoughts and prayers for Isaac, our family and all others who are involved in this situation.

The Kolstad Family


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Shirley Doffing
By Shirley Doffing — last edited
Isaac is in my prayers daily. God Bless all of tour family with strength and peace. I pray for the medical team working with Isaac for wisdom,and insight for every medical procedure and decision that is made and the ones to be made in the coming days. Dear Jesus, watch over Isaac and send your holy spirit down upon him and his family. "Jesus we trust in you." ( I do not no you personally but you are in my heart.)
Rachel Peterson
By Rachel Peterson
My prayers and thoughts are with Isaac, Molly, and all the family during this difficult time. God bless and comfort all of you.
Gayle Flohrs
By Gayle & Allen Flohrs
Such a sad situation for all of you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Gwen Frederick
By Gwen Frederick
Continued prayers for Isaac and his family.
Kari Haler
By Kari Haler
We do not know Isaac personally but know many family members from Watonwan County. Please know that we are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers as well as all of your family. It is in times like this that we realize just how strong we really are and how important it is to lean on family and friends. Praying for Isaac's miracle!
Kari and Doug Haler, Sleepy Eye, Mn.
Joann Jennings
You don't know me but I have been keeping Isaac and all involved in my prayers. I have also asked family and friends spread out across the country to keep you all in their thoughts and prayers. I hope knowing how many people are pulling for Isaac will bring you some peace and comfort.
Mari Sorgatz
By Mari Sorgatz
Continuing to pray for Isaac, and ALL of his family & friends! God bless all of you!!!
linda senf
By Linda Senf
Thanks for the update . Continued prayers for Issac and his family . God Bless
john & carol giovinco
By john & carol giovinco
Isaac, We continue to FERVENTLY PRAY for you and you family. GOD BLESS.
Carol & John G.
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Randy Palmer
By Randy Palmer
Although you don't know me, I know Isaac from watching him as a high school athlete at East, and have followed him somewhat at MSU. I am so very sorry that this incident occurred and am sending whatever prayers I can send in the hope of a complete recovery for Isaac, as well as prayers of support for all the families involved. When all is said and done, praying is all we can do. Take care and may God provide the strength to sustain all of you during this time.
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