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Doctors complete first round of amputations on UMD student

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Doctors have performed amputations on both feet on the 19-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth student who nearly froze to death in December after spending nine hours outdoors following a night of drinking.

Duluth's Fox 21 reported that doctors at Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Monday amputated the tips of Alyssa Jo Lommel's toes on one foot and all of her toes on her other foot. Her doctors have said that she suffered from frostbite.

WDIO quotes her mother Teri on her CaringBridge site, who wrote that the surgery went well. She wrote that that her daughter ended up "losing the tips of her toes on one foot, so she has little nubs yet, which will help greatly for balance and walking, but the other foot they had to take just below the ball of her foot." She added that the college sophomore from St. Cloud should be able to walk in the future with the help of shoe inserts.

The CaringBridge site showed a photo of Lommel in her hospital bed, the first image released by her family since the incident.

Lommel's doctors remain concerned with her heels, which may have been more damaged than originally presumed. Doctors had to remove skin and tissue, then used artificial skin to cover it up. In two weeks, they plan skin grafts with Lommel's own skin over the artificial skin.

She will have amputations involving her fingers at that time. According to her mother, Lommel "wants to get this all done and move on."

Over the weekend, hundreds of family and friends gathered in her hometown of St. Cloud for a benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction to generate money for a fund set up to help the Lommel family with expenses related to her care.

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