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Wendy Reuer, Published August 19 2013

Lexi Bolstad 'showing progress'

FARGO – The family of a standout Davies High School basketball player who has been sedated since hitting her head on Aug. 4 said she is making strides toward recovery.

According to Alexis (Lexi) Bolstad’s Caring Bridge website, where her family has written nearly daily updates, Bolstad opened her eyes “about half way” and moved her hand on Sunday.

After two brain surgeries, Bolstad was not put in a medical coma but has remained heavily sedated. Doctors at Essentia Health slowly warmed up her body to normal temperature last week.

On Friday, her family reported that Bolstad’s temperature was back to normal and her brain pressure was at an acceptable level.

“They stopped the sedation meds and are hoping to wake her up on a day to day basis. (Doctors) continue to be optimistic,” Bolstad’s family said on Caring Bridge.

The improvement came just one day after about 150 friends, classmates and family attended a candelight vigil to show support for Bolstad on Thursday evening in Ed Clapp Park.

Bolstad will be a senior at Davies this fall. The 5-foot-11-inch Bolstad plays volleyball, basketball and throws the shot put in track and field.

Bolstad’s father, Fargo Fire Capt. Jon Bolstad, said his daughter was taking baby steps, but the steps are in a good direction. He said the support from the community has been overwhelming.

More than 38,700 visitors have checked on Bolstad’s condition on her Caring Bridge website, caringbridge.org/visit/alexisbolstad, since it its first journal entry was posted on Aug. 7.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530