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Alyssa Jo Lommel, the drunken college student who slept in sub-zero temps in Minnesota over the weekend, is facing amputation of both her hands. The 19-year-old became intoxicated Saturday, wandered off to a neighbor's home in Duluth and passed out on a frozen porch in temperatures below zero. Nine hour later, she was found suffering from frostbite and is facing possible amputation of her hands.

The Minnesota college student found in sub-zero temperatures was as stiff as a board when medics arrived in response to an emergency call. Apparently, a passerby found Lommel on the porch, still asleep from a night of heavy drinking the night before, according to a Dec. 11 New York Daily News report.

Hospital staff fear Alyssa may need to have her hands amputated because they had suffered so much damage. According to witnesses, when Lommel was found, she was clearly not dressed properly for the frigid sub-zero temps.

She only wore Ugg boots, a pair of denim jeans, a light jacket, and sweater. Unfortunately, she was not wearing gloves. At the coldest part of the night, she must have experienced temperatures as low as 17-degrees below zero. Bear in mind that water freezes at 32-degrees.

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," said Alyssa's mother, Teri Lommel.

Hours before the student was found in sub-zero temps, she or someone on her @lommelalyssa account, left this tweet on her timeline: "Yum Yum 10th shot of tequila," which partly explains why she was found passed out cold.

Police say Alyssa's friends dropped her off at her home about midnight the night before. By that time, she was already intoxicated. However, they did not see her go directly into the residence.

Authorities say that judging from the tracks in the snow; she must have wandered down a dead-end street and backtracked to her neighbor's home nearby. There, it appears she climbed over a railing and made her way to the porch of the home. At the time, the occupants, friends of hers from college, were not home.

Although the drunken college student in sub-zero temperatures was so intoxicated that she passed out for hours, locals say it's not that unusual because the area has a party and drinking crowd.

Hopefully, the teen recovers and makes better decisions in the future.


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