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Robin Huebner, Published September 09 2013

Lexi Bolstad arrives at rehabilitation hospital in Denver

FARGO – The Fargo Davies High School student who suffered a devastating brain injury in early August has arrived at a Denver hospital for rehabilitation.

A family friend says Lexi Bolstad arrived with her mother, Robin Bolstad, via air ambulance Monday afternoon at Craig Hospital, a facility specializing in rehabilitation of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

Lexi’s father, Jon Bolstad, drove a family vehicle to Denver to join them.

Eighteen-year-old Lexi, who was to have begun her senior year at Davies, was injured Aug. 4 when she fell to the pavement while riding on the back of an electric GEM car. She was taken to Essentia Health in Fargo, where she was diagnosed with a skull fracture and a severe brain injury.

According to her Caring Bridge site, Lexi underwent several surgeries to relieve pressure on her brain, and one procedure to remove a blood clot. She was heavily sedated for more than two weeks.

The family said when the sedation medications were stopped, it wasn’t long before Lexi was breathing on her own and beginning to show “purposeful movement.” She was moved out of intensive care last week, and the family began finalizing plans for her to go a rehabilitation facility.

Lexi is speaking a few words and able to feed herself, a post over the weekend stated on her Caring Bridge website. The family said she couldn’t stop smiling when her Davies volleyball teammates came up to visit her Friday.

In the post, the family expressed excitement about Lexi going to Craig Hospital, saying “She is ready for how hard they are going to push her!”

Jon Bolstad said the initial time frame given to the family for Lexi’s stay in Denver is three to six months. That could change as Lexi moves through the rehabilitation process.