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Isaac Kolstad gives thumbs up from hospital bed

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MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) -

Isaac Kolstad has reached another milestone in his long recovery from injuries sustained in an assault in Mankato, Minn. in early May.

An update posted to Kolstad’s CaringBridge page says the former Minnesota State University-Mankato linebacker gave doctors a thumbs up, on command.

“What we have been waiting and hoping for are movements with purpose, completed on command,” said a post from Kolstad's brother-in-law, Mike Fleming. “The physicians have told us that if Isaac is able to follow a command, he will be in the best place for a possible recovery."

THUMBS UP

Kolstad went through his usual movements Tuesday morning, pulling away from stimulation and opening his eyes when noise sounded in his ears.

“Then his neurosurgeon asked him to squeeze his hand. His fingers moved, but was it really a squeeze? He wasn’t sure. ‘Isaac, give me a thumbs up!’ he yelled. And there went Isaac’s left thumb in the air,” his family wrote.

After more tests, the doctor was certain that Kolstad followed the command and he gave us a thumbs up when asked.

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Kolstad was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis despite being on preventative medication, which occurs when individuals are bed-ridden and blood does not flow properly, creating a clot. They can dislodge and become embedded in the heart or lungs, which can be fatal.

THE CASE

Former University of Minnesota and Rutgers University quarterback Philip Nelson, 20, and Trevor Shelley, 21, of St. Peter, Minn., are both facing first and third-degree felony charges in connection with the assault.

HOW TO HELP

You can donate to the #22STRONG fund for Isaac and Molly Kolstad at http://www.youcaring.com/other/-22strong-for-the-isaac-molly-kolstad-family/177076

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