MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The former Minnesota State University, Mankato football player who suffered a serious brain injury during a fight in May is going home to his wife and daughter after five months in the hospital.
According to Isaac Kolstad’s CaringBridge site, he was discharged Friday from impatient care. His wife, Molly Kolstad, says he still has a long road to recovery, including rehabilitation and several outpatient programs.READ MORE: Vaccine Doubts Fuel Dr. Scott Jensen's Rise In Minnesota Governor Race
The 24-year-old’s recovery will focus on his speech, cognitive comprehension and his right arm – which he will use exclusively for four hours a day to improve movement and strength.
Kolstad is also part of the ABLE program at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, where he uses a special treadmill to retrain his body to walk and run.READ MORE: 'Perfect Timing To Go': MEA Marking One Of The Busiest Travel Weekends Of The Fall
Just months ago, he was confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. Now, Kolstad has his sights on running a marathon one day.
Molly Kolstad says he can’t wait to sleep in his own bed at their Mankato home.
“Miracles happen and dreams come true,” Molly said. “He is an incredible person. His will, drive, and love is just amazing.”MORE NEWS: A Ride-Along With Minneapolis Police Shows How Staffing Shortages Have Officers Stretched Thin
Phillip Nelson, a former Minnesota Gopher and Rutgers quarterback, was charged with first- and third-degree assault in the attack on Kolstad on May 11.