Updated: 12/13/2013 1:55 PM
Created: 12/10/2013 5:48 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Numerous doctors and surgeons are fighting to save a UMD student's hands and feet.
19-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel remains in critical condition Friday at Region's Hospital in St. Paul after Duluth police say she was found outside on her neighbor's front stoop Saturday morning. She was unconscious and suffering from severe hypothermia.
According a post on her CaringBridge site, Lommel's internal organs are functioning well but a big challenge is overcoming a serious infection and restoring blood flow to her hands and feet.
A police report said when police got on scene, Lommel's hands were three times their normal size and she was without mittens.
Eyewitness News talked with some UMD students about the incident. They are used to the subzero weather, but to hear one of their peers was out in below freezing temps for hours is shocking.
"It's crazy... it seems like a really confusing situation that probably shouldn't have happened," said student Grace Moores.
"I was kind of disappointed to see that someone would be left out on a porch in this weather," said Cade McDonald
For Mary Schuldt, it's an unfortunate reminder to stay safe when you're out, and stay warm.
"If I was out with friends, I just make sure you always have someone with you, make sure they get you home safely," she explained.
According to the police report, Lommel was at a party with friends that night. Three male friends dropped her off around midnight at her home on Woodland Avenue. At around 9:30 a.m. a passerby found her laying on the front stoop of her neighbor's house. The neighbors weren't home at the time.
Police said alcohol was involved. The three men that dropped her off all stated in the report that she was buzzed, but not drunk.
Lommel had the keys to her house, said police, but the footprints appeared to only go to the wrong house.
At Region's Hospital, Lommel's parents released the following statement:
"We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers for our daughter. We ask for privacy at this time so that we may focus on her healing." - Jay and Teri Lommel
UMD also released a statement, below is an excerpt:
"The UMD Police Department urges caution in the extreme cold. Travel in groups. Let people know where and when you will be traveling, and check in."
According to Region's Hospital, a fund has been set up in Lommel's name. Donations can be sent to:
Fund Bremer Bank
1100 West St. Germain
P.O. Box 847 St. Cloud, MN
PHONE: 320-255-7164 or 1-888-450-3300
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