Improvement for student found on porch with severe hypothermia, friends gather

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A friend of the college student who contracted severe hypothermia after spending the night outside in subzero temperatures earlier this month says she is improving slowly.

Alyssa Jo Lommel's roommate Abbie Hagen says Lommel's condition is improving. She described it as "baby steps" but that it's "very positive," according to the Associated Press.

Police say the 19-year-old Lommel 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 about nine hours later, according to the Star Tribune.

The St. Cloud Times reports friends and loved ones gathered Friday at Cathedral High School to pray for the school's alumna who’s still fighting for her life after being found hypothermic and unconscious on the porch, though why she wasn't able to find shelter remains unclear.

Lommel, who remained in critical condition Friday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to the St. Cloud paper, is a University of Minnesota-Duluth student and St. Cloud native.

Hagen and another Lommel friend and Cathedral graduate, Katie Windschitl, helped organize a spaghetti fundraiser for her in Duluth last week, says the St. Cloud Times. Hagen and Windschitl said they hope to organize another fundraiser in St. Cloud in January.

According to KAAL-TV, a fund has been set up for her at Bremer Bank in St. Cloud.

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