Lommel making baby steps toward recovery

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Dec 16, 2013 at 7:41 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) Doctors say they are “cautiously optimistic” about the recovery of the University of Minnesota-Duluth student from St. Cloud who was found nearly frozen to death after spending the night outside.

Doctors expected 19-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel to be on a ventilator at least through the weekend. She was taken into surgery Friday at Regions Hospital after she was having trouble breathing.

Lommel’s Caring Bridge website says doctors have told the family she is making “baby steps” toward progress.

She was found unconscious on her neighbor’s porch Saturday morning after spending nearly nine hours outside in temperatures that reached 17 degrees below zero. She was wearing a jacket, but had no gloves or mittens.

A big challenge is overcoming a serious infection and restoring blood flow in her hands and feet. Doctors say amputation could be an option. Lommel's family has been meeting with a plastic surgeon to discuss skin graft options for Lommel’s injuries.

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