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Student sub-zero temps UPDATE: A sophomore college student from the University of Minnesota-Duluth could lose one or more of her limbs if her healing process doesn't go as doctors want it to. KSDK reports Dec. 12 that doctors are monitoring 19-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel's healing progress after she spent 9 hours unconscious in sub-zero temperatures in Duluth Saturday night.

The report revealed that Lommel's tissue must heal as much as possible before they can proceed further with medical treatment. The student who was in sub-zero temps is being treated at Region's Hospital in St. Paul.

When Lommel was found by a passer-by unconscious outside a neighbor's house early Saturday morning, her hands were three times larger than their actual size. As a result, her skin had split and she also suffered extreme hypothermia.

Northlands News Center reported late Dec. 11 that Lommel's breathing had improved, but remained on a ventilator. Friends and family said she had an "uneventful night" Tuesday night.

Alyssa was dropped off by a male friend about midnight Friday after she was out drinking with other friends. The driver recalled her as walking and talking just fine, but he didn't see her go inside her house. She reportedly had a key to the door, however. Somehow she wandered over to a neighbor's porch, fell unconscious, and stayed there the rest of the night.

The college student was exposed to sub-zero temps that dropped to -17 degrees with a wind chill of about -36.

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