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UMD Student Who Spent Night in Subzero Temps to Undergo Surgery Tuesday

Updated: 01/20/2014 11:18 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 12:41 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A surgery for the University of Minnesota Duluth student who spent nine hours in subzero temperatures after a night out has been rescheduled.

According to family members on Alyssa Lommel's CaringBridge site, the surgery will take place Tuesday. She will go into surgery at 10:30 a.m.

Plastic and hand surgeons, as well as burn doctors, will work to correct frostbite injuries 19-year-old Lommel sustained from severe hypothermia, according to the CaringBridge site. She will spend about seven hours in surgery, ending around 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., the site said.

Doctors finished their first round of amputations on Jan. 6. They took off the tips of Lommel's toes on one foot and all of her toes on her other foot.

It is expected she will remain in the hospital until mid-February.

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 on Dec. 7.

Firefighters at the scene said she was "stiff as a board" when they found her.


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