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Student sub-zero temps ordeal may lead to amputation: Student found on icy porch

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A student's sub-zero temps ordeal may result in the loss of both her hands. According to a Dec. 11, 2013 report by New York Daily News, a message sent from the teen's Twitter account preceded the girl's unfortunate incident. "Yum Yum 10th shot of tequila," she wrote while out drinking with friends.

Alyssa Jo Lommel is a pretty 19-year-old college student from Duluth, Minnesota. She reportedly came home from a night of heavy drinking on Saturday and wound up on a neighbor's frozen and icy porch instead of her own home. Friends who dropped her off around midnight neglected to wait and make sure that she entered her residence safely. After they left, the student apparently staggered through the snow until landing on her neighbor's porch. She remained there, unnoticed, until approximately 9 a.m.

Unfortunately for the student, sub-zero temps and inadequate protection made for a disastrous combination. When Lommel lay down on the icy porch for her impromptu nine-hour nap, she was clad only in a pair of jeans, a sweater, a light jacket and a pair of UGG boots. Her attire was far from sufficient to get her safely through freezing cold.

Since temperatures reached a numbing 17°F below zero, with a wind chill of -36°F, the college student's nine hours of slumber could have been fatal. By the time she was discovered by a passerby, she was suffering from frostbite.

Local Duluth residents were unsurprised at the incident due to the large number of drinkers many say inhabit the area. With sub-zero temps, this college student picked the wrong night to pass out in the cold. Of course, there really is never a good night to pass out on a neighbor's porch.

Note that the photo on the left shows what happens when you get frostbite. Those badly blackened and frostbitten fingers belonged to Mark Inglis, a double-amputee, not Alyssa Jo Lommel. However, Alyssa Jo Lommel is facing the possibility of having both of her hands amputated after the student's sub-zero temps ordeal.



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