Sunday benefit, Monday surgery for frostbitten UMD student


A Minnesota college student who faces a long recovery after suffering from frostbite will get some help from her hometown at a Sunday benefit.

KVSC in St. Cloud reported that a benefit spaghetti dinner will be held at Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill South in St. Cloud for the continuing care of UMD student and St. Cloud Cathedral High School graduate Alyssa Jo Lommel. A Facebook page for the event said that there will be a silent auction, meat raffle and music from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will go on as temperatures drop to a level that is as low as they were on the night Lommel sustained her injuries.

The St Cloud Times reported that the proceeds will go to the Alyssa Lommel fund at Bremer Bank. Earlier, the newspaper reported that the donations to the fund could be made at any Bremer branch and would be used for medical and rehabilitation costs. She is recovering at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

On Friday, FOX 21 in Duluth reported that the medical team for Lommel is planning for surgery on Monday for the 19-year-old. The station said that her CaringBridge site indicated that she will need skin grafts to cover open wounds on her legs. Lommel has been given the choice to have her amputations done during that surgery. KSTP reported that doctors are concerned with how wounds on her right thigh, hip, and left knee are healing and are concerned with possible infection.

In addition, her mother Teri said that the UMD sophomore has been able to take part in physical therapy that includes walking and that she has been able to meet with visitors.

On New Year's Eve, Lommel was reportedly told that she doctors would need to amputate some of her fingers and toes. Lommel was found on her neighbor's porch in early December after spending the night outdoors in sub-zero temperatures. Friends had dropped her off after a night of drinking. She was unconscious and suffering from hypothermia as she was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in critical condition.

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