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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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Jen Franke
By James and Jen Franke
Blaine and Teresa...even as we have to carry on with daily activities, James and I have been constantly praying and hoping.... and we will continue.
Tom Holmes
By Tom Holmes
Anything written should be confidential as I have learned as a caregiver. I respect the need for privacy.
Jill Gagnon
By Jill Gagnon
You are ALL still in our thoughts and prayers ...
MissJennifer's Sweettreats
By MissJennifer's Sweettreats
Hang in there Issac, God is watching over you, he and your family and all of ours patters will get you thru this.
Mark Larsen
By Mark Larsen
Sue and I along with the rest of our family continue to have you in our thoughts and prayers
Julieann Haas
By Julieann Haas
In our thoughts and prayers daily.
John Bogard
By John Bogard - Former Mankato West QB (1955)
Continuing to keep Issaac in my thoughts and prayers - Hang in there, my MAN -
Greg von der Lippe
By Greg von der Lippe MSU Football 1987
We will keep praying for Isaac and the family.
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