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A Minnesota college student survives on a porch overnight this weekend in freezing cold temperatures. On Dec. 11, Daily Iowegian reported that a 19-year-old student suffered severe hypothermia after she passed out on a porch and was left there overnight.

Alyssa Jo Lommel was dropped off at home on Tuesday night but never made it inside. According to the report, she ended up unconscious on a neighbor's porch where she stayed until the morning in temperatures well below zero. The wind chill last night was -36 in the area. Police did investigate and their report states that Lommel was playing a drinking game before she passed out.

The Minnesota college student survived on the porch for nine hours. It wasn't until a passerby saw her lying there that police were called. While one night in the freezing cold might not sound like a big deal, Lommel is lucky to still have her limbs. She wasn't wearing gloves and clearly wasn't dressed for a night out in the cold. Her jacket and boots may have done her some good but she was still in rough shape by the morning.

"Lommel was not wearing gloves, and the cold caused her hands to swell up to three times their normal size. Doctors performed surgery to improve blood flow, in hopes of avoiding amputation,"

The Minnesota college student that survived on the porch is expected to be okay but this incident has University of Minnesota-Duluth Police Department advising students to stay together in groups.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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