Lommel update: Fingers and thumbs removed during surgery

By KBJR News 1

Lommel update: Fingers and thumbs removed during surgery

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Some bad news for the UMD student found in sub-zero temperatures last month.

According to Alyssa Lommel's Caring Bridge site, doctors ended up having to amputate all of her fingers along with her thumbs. It was originally thought that she would only lose part of her left thumb and the webbing between her thumb and her palm.

However, doctors told the family there was more tissue damage than expected.

But, doctors were able to deliver some good news as well. They told the family they only had to take skin from one thigh to complete all 8 skin grafts. Doctors also say Lommel's heels looked better than expected, and she should be able to put pressure on both heels once they are healed.

This was the second round of amputations after doctors removed the tips of her toes on one foot and all of her toes on the other earlier this month.

Lommel's family says she could be released by as early as mid-February.

The 19 year old woman was found unconscious on the porch of her neighbor's house in Duluth back in December.. When police found Lommel, her hands and other exposed body parts showed extreme swelling and there were signs of severe hypothermia.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com