Amputations begin for Lommel

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Jan 7, 2014 at 5:50 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI)  The first round of amputations have been completed on a Minnesota-Duluth college student from St. Cloud who suffered from severe frost bite and hypothermia last month.

KSTP Television reports doctors amputated the tips of 19 year-old Alyssa Lommel's toes on one foot and all of her toes on her other foot Monday.

On her CaringBridge site, Lommel's mother said Alyssa should still be able to walk with the help of shoe inserts. Doctors plan to do surgery on Lommel's fingers in about two weeks.

The sophomore had been out drinking with friends on December 6th, and was dropped off at her home by friends--but she never made it inside. She was found nine hours later on the front porch of a home next door. Temperatures that night were 17 below zero in Duluth, and Lommel was not wearing any gloves. When she was found, her hands were swollen to three times their normal size.

A fundraiser to help Lommel's family cover her medical expenses was held at the Blue Line South in St. Clound on Sunday. Preliminary estimates show the event raised somehwere in the neighborhood of $45,000.


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