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Chris Murphy, Published August 07 2013

Davies student in critical condition with brain injury

FARGO – Alexis Bolstad, a soon-to-be senior and standout athlete at Fargo Davies High School, is in critical condition at Essentia Health with a severe brain injury, her father said Wednesday.

“We’re releasing all information and updates on the Caring Bridge website,” Jon Bolstad said. “As for how it happened, we aren’t really sure what happened. We’ve been at the hospital since Sunday night. We don’t know anything.”

According to the family’s posts on CaringBridge.org, Alex Bolstad had an accident Sunday. She hit her head and lost consciousness. She was taken to Essentia and was diagnosed with a skull fracture. It was determined through the night she had a severe brain injury and her care team spent Monday trying to keep the pressure down on her brain.

Tuesday, the damaged part of Alexis’ brain and a portion of her skull were removed to give the brain more room.

At 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, an update was posted saying Bolstad was stable after surgery and doctors said she will be kept sedated for about 10 days if she doesn’t have any more complications.

Bolstad plays volleyball, basketball and throws the shot put in track and field for Davies. In her junior basketball season, she averaged 13.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists and earned a spot on the All-Eastern Dakota Conference team.

“All we know is she fell and hit her head,” Jon said. “We heard a GEM car was involved, but we haven’t talked to anyone. We don’t know anything yet. We don’t really care how it happened right now.”

A GEM car is an electric vehicle similar to a golf cart.

Within five hours of being created, the Caring Bridge site for Bolstad had more than 60 comments and over 1,800 visits.

A message signed by Sydney McLean read, “Prayers out to you and your family, Lexi! You are so loved by many. Keep fighting!”

Jill Erickson wrote:

“You have always had a fighting spirit on the court and I know you’ll fight through this as well. You have been in my thoughts and prayers nonstop. You are an amazing young lady and I feel so fortunate to be blessed with you in my life. Sending nonstop prayers and love your way!”

Brittany Cwikla wrote:

“Lexi, you are such a beautiful and talented lady. You have your whole life ahead of you and I have no doubt that you will conquer this obstacle. You keep fighting and we will always keep praying! Lots of love.”

According to a post at 8:57 p.m. Wednesday on her Caring Bridge website, Bolstad was still stable but in critical condition. She is being closely monitored.

Visit her CaringBridge at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/AlexisBolstad.

You can donate to any Vision Bank location to the “Alexis Bolstad Family” account.

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