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Mankato blood drive Tuesday for Isaac Kolstad

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Family and friends of critically injured former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad are organizing a blood drive in his honor on Tuesday.

The American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Training and Community Center at 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Mankato, Minn.

"After his injury, Isaac received transfusions that have helped him in his continued recovery marathon. Without life giving blood, his condition might be different. We urge all of those eligible to support the efforts of the Red Cross to ensure that these blood products remain available. And, we thank all who give on this occasion, and on any other occasion, for making blood available for Isaac and all of those unnamed others in need," the family said in a prepared statement.

Kolstad remains in critical condition after his head was kicked in a bar time confrontation on May 11 in downtown Mankato.


Kolstad has been making some "exciting movements" as his family prays for his recovery, according to a post by his brother-in-law on Kolstad's CaringBridge page on Saturday.

MORE: Kolstad reluctant to end call with wife

Kolstad is working to come off stronger medications and ran into a few rough patches while attempting to reduce his relaxant and pain medication, but he has been scratching at an itch on his eye, nose and cheek and tracking his eyes to familiar voices more and more each day.

His wife, Molly Kolstad, recently gave birth to their daughter Malia on June 4 and called using FaceTime on her iPhone. He tracked her with his eyes, looking at her as she talked, then reached up and grabbed the phone, pulling it in. It took two people to release his grip when Molly had to say goodnight.


Kolstad was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis – a clot that can occur when a patient is bedridden for some time. An ultrasound showed the DVT had grown in size and started to move upward. The ultrasound also revealed a second DVT, and with that discovery, treatment has been initiated to dissolve the clots -- the danger of DVT is that they can dislodge and become embedded in the heart or lungs, causing a potentially-fatal pulmonary embolism. Treatment will put off any surgeries to replace the bone flap in his skull for "quite some time," the CaringBridge post detailed.


Next, Kolstad will start rehab at a traumatic brain injury facility. Doctors believe he'll have "positive results."


The Kolstad family celebrated the arrival of their newest member on June 4.

Molly Kolstad delivered the couple’s second daughter, Malia, on Wednesday. Mom and baby are both said to be doing well, and the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Hayden, is thrilled to be a big sister. 

Malia weighed 8.6 pounds and measured 21.5 inches when she was born, and her family says she's just one more reason for her father to stay #22strong.

JUNE 3: Isaac Kolstad gives thumbs up from hospital bed

DONATE: YouCaring fund for Kolstad Family

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