Duluth college student condition upgraded to fair from severe hypothermia


A University of Minnesota-Duluth college student recovering from severe hypothermia and frostbite is making progress.

19-year-old Alyssa Lommel was found on the morning of Dec. 7. Police say she spent nine hours on a porch in temperatures that dropped to -17, after drinking with friends the night before.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Tuesday that her condition has been upgraded from critical to fair, according to hospital officials.

KSTP reports a message on Lommel's Caring Bridge site says her voice is hoarse and soft but that it is improving every day. According to KSTP, doctors have been taking her off pain medication and she is becoming more coherent by the day.

She suffered some significant injuries from the severe hypothermia and frostbite. First responders described finding Lommel as "stiff as a board," and that her hands and feet were swollen to three times their normal size.

Friends told police they dropped her off at home around midnight, she was outside until a passerby discovered her around 9 a.m. on her neighbor's porch.

KSTP reports doctors say they are getting close to being ready to do some amputations. Those could be done by the end of the week.

On Friday, friends and loved ones gathered at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud for a prayer service. Lommel's roommate and friend Abbie Hagen said over the weekend that Lommel has been improving.

A fund has been set up for her at Bremer Bank in St. Cloud.

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