UMD student in critical condition after left overnight in cold - KMSP-TV

UMD student in critical condition after passing out in -17 cold

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DULUTH, Minn. (KMSP) -

A University of Minnesota-Duluth student is in critical condition at Regions Hospital after being found unconscious on her neighbor's porch in the frigid cold on Saturday morning.

Alyssa Jo Lommel, 19, a UMD student from St. Cloud, suffered severe hypothermia and her family has been meeting with a plastic surgeon to discuss skin graft options for their daughter's injuries sustained in the cold, KQDS-TV reported.

Duluth police arrived at the house on Woodland Avenue on Dec. 7 around 9:36 a.m. after a passerby reported finding a person laying outside unconscious on the porch. The overnight temperature dropped to -17 with wind chill hovering around -36.

Lommel was dropped off outside her house around midnight and was discovered about 9 hours later, laying on the porch of her neighbor's house. The neighbors were not home at the time.

Lommel was taken to St. Luke's and later flown to Regions in St. Paul where she is currently in stable but critical condition. The incident is still under investigation.

"We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers for our daughter," parents, Jay and Teri Lommel said in a statement. "We ask for privacy at this time so that we may focus on her healing."

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