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Student sub-zero temps: 19-year-old student could lose hands due to frostbite

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A student spent the night in sub-zero temps when she passed out on a neighbors porch after being dropped off at home from a party. The Minnesota student survived for about nine hours in the bitter cold wearing a jacket and boots but on Dec. 12, NewsOXY reported that 19-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel could lose both of her hands due to severe frostbite. She hadn't been wearing gloves.

"It’s very much a wait-and-see thing at the moment. It’s going to take some time to determine what’s going to happen. We are hopeful that her body will heal itself," Lommel's mom told the media.

The student wasn't dressed for sub-zero temps because she wasn't planning on staying outside for a long period of time. Police say that Lommel never made it home after drinking numerous tequila shots at a party. Although someone drove her home, she somehow ended up at her neighbor's house where she passed out and wasn't seen until the morning.

"Fire officials found the teen “stiff as a board and extremely cold” when they responded to the scene Saturday, CBS Minnesota reports. The wind chill reportedly reached -36 degrees that night," reports NewsOXY. Police say that Lommel nearly "froze to death."

The student who survived the sub-zero temps is still in the hospital. Her family and friends are really hoping that she pulls through and doesn't need her hands amputated.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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