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Frostbitten Duluth Student Gets Robotic Hand

Updated: 04/08/2014 2:10 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 1:32 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

A University of Minnesota Duluth student recovering from severe frostbite is getting a robotic hand.

According to a post on CaringBridge by Alyssa Lommel's mother, her daughter looked at options and decided to go with a Pro Digits robotic hand that can be programmed to perform 14 types of grips.

Lommel will start using the technology for her right hand, but she may later decide she wants one for her left hand too.

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, suffering from severe hypothermia.

Parts of Lommel's hands and feet had to be amputated.

Lommel is getting bored sitting at home for days on end and is worried she won't be ready to go back to school in the fall, according to her mother.


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