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Victim in alleged Philip Nelson assault shows improvement

Isaac Kolatad

Finally, a sliver of good news in a story that’s previously seen nothing but heartbreak.

Earlier this month, now-former Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested in connection to what was reportedly a vicious assault outside of a Mankato, Minn., bar. Nelson was ultimately charged with first- and third-degree assault in an incident that left the victim, former Div. II football player Isaac Kolstad (pictured), hospitalized and fighting for his life.

The family released a dire statement a week later, confirming that the 24-year-old Kolstad, who is married and has a young daughter, was on life support and had a portion of his brain removed after allegedly being kicked in the head repeatedly by Nelson and another male who is facing charges as well.

While Kolstad remains in a coma, his family wrote on a blog that updates the former Div. II football player’s progress, the swelling in his brain “has decreased even more and we are told by his physicians we are now ‘out of the woods’ for needing additional brain surgeries to repair damage from the injuries or other post-operative complications he was at risk for, but thankfully avoided.” The last family statement gave almost no hope that Kolstad would live let alone ever recover to any degree; today, however, there’s some optimism in the midst of the uncertainty.

Again, from the family’s blog:

Miracles are truly happening. Every day we are seeing small signs of improvement, small victories of potential recovery. To put it into perspective, when Isaac arrived in the Emergency Room on the night of his injury the physician’s scored him according to the Glasgow Coma Scale. The scale is scored 3-15. That night, Isaac scored a 3. His neurosurgical team of Mayo Physicians, both here in Mankato and in Rochester who were working as a team for his case, informed us that through their experience and through outside research, 97% of cases that arrive with scores below 5 do not survive or are left in a vegetative state. There was little hope that he would make any type of recovery. But right now, our Isaac is in the 3%, he is surviving. We are so hopeful that Isaac will continue to heal, continue to show us that he is working so hard, and continue to beat the odds. The tremendous support and love, the so many people who have reached out to our families, the prayers and positive thoughts have truly gotten Isaac this far. We again, can never thank you enough, and please continue to think and pray for all of those involved, we truly believe it will get Isaac to the recovery he had so small of a chance of reaching.

We said it before and we’ll say it again: While Kolstad lays in a hospital fighting for his life, Nelson is free on a $20,000 bond.

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7 Responses to “Victim in alleged Philip Nelson assault shows improvement”
  1. friarjack61 says: May 29, 2014 2:16 PM

    Why is he free on bond ? this was a savage ghetto type beating ? He should be jailed.
    Question: Does he attend classes; and, what is his major, if any ?

  2. seanb20124 says: May 29, 2014 7:22 PM

    He a free on bond, as he is considered innocent till proven guilty. Also a judge or magistrate gave him a bond, and deemed him not a flight risk, or danger to society.

    Doubt he attends classes as Rutgers moved on after this incident

  3. psly2124 says: May 30, 2014 8:52 AM

    Al sharptpn and Jesse Jackson will be down there soon enough to spew out there hate and causing problems. The hell with justice as long as Jesse and al get there way

  4. jrbdmb says: May 30, 2014 10:59 AM

    So why is it I continue to hear about the NBA as a “thug league” when the overwhelming percentage of stories like this involve NFL or NCAA football players?

  5. scbaby2013 says: May 30, 2014 3:36 PM

    Hope the young man continues to get better

  6. friarjack61 says: May 30, 2014 3:59 PM

    To jrbdmb:
    These jocks are uneducated, who live in a world of Machoism, money, and no brains. Big Man in the Hood, but, mostly stupid !

  7. knightowl94 says: Jun 1, 2014 11:42 AM

    To friarjack61:

    These NCAA football “jocks” are in college and working hard to get a degree, just like any other college student, along with grueling practices every single day of the week. They are not uneducated/brainless and they do not feel like they are “big men in the hood.” They are normal people, who work hard to be where they are in life. Nelson made a stupid, and out of character, mistake that unfortunately costed himself and another family a lot of heart ache. That does not define him and that most certainly does not define other NCAA football players.

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