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Frostbite Survivor Plans to Return to University of Minnesota Duluth

Created: 04/13/2014 7:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

A University of Minnesota Duluth student who suffered severe frostbite after a night in subzero temperatures is now walking normally, handling everyday tasks, and planning to return to school next fall.
    
Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Lommel told the St. Cloud Times she's had some hard days but the support from friends, family and strangers has helped her through it.

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.
    
Lommel had parts of her hands and feet amputated after she was found unconscious. She says the amputations were difficult, but she's now confident with her new body.
    
Special tools help her put on makeup and feed herself. She can also text and use touch-screen computers.
    
She is living at her parents' home in St. Cloud and plans to return to the Duluth campus next fall.
    
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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