Frostbite survivor will head back to UMD in the fall - KMSP-TV

Frostbite survivor will head back to UMD in the fall

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) -

A University of Minnesota-Duluth student found frozen after spending 9 hours outside in early December, temperatures as low as 17 below, stayed 4 months at Regions Hospital, had fingers and parts of her feet amputated -- and she'll be heading back to school in the fall.

Alyssa Lommel, 19, was found unconscious on the stairs of a house on Woodland Avenue with a body temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, the St. Cloud Times reported. That's 2 degrees below the point most humans' hearts stop.

She told the St. Cloud Times she doesn't remember anything from that December day -- she spent time in a coma while at Regions -- and while underage drinking can be pinned as the cause of the incident, she wants everyone to know this could happen to anyone.

After undergoing surgeries on her hands up to the knuckle and parts of both feet, she's back at her parents' St. Cloud home and working to recover so she's ready to live on her own again in Duluth.

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