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Doctors Tell Frostbitten UMD Student About Surgeries

Updated: 12/31/2013 9:43 AM
Created: 12/31/2013 9:13 AM WDIO.com

The UMD student who spent nine hours in subzero temperatures after a night out now knows that she will need amputations.

Alyssa Lommel's mother, Teri, wrote on her CaringBridge site Monday that the doctor explained to Alyssa how damaged her toes and fingers, and how hard they worked to save them.

"He also told her how lucky she was just to be alive, but I really don't think any of that sunk in.  It took her several minutes before she looked at any of us," Teri Lommel wrote.

The post did not say when the surgeries would happen.

Police say Lommel, a sophomore from St. Cloud, had been out drinking with friends Dec. 6 and was dropped off at her Duluth house around midnight. A passer-by spotted Lommel on the front stoop of the house next door about nine hours later. She suffered severe hypothermia.

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