UMD student recovering from severe frostbite to get robotic hand

By KBJR News 1

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM CST

St Cloud, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The 19-year-old U-M-D student recovering from hypothermia and severe frostbite is in the process of getting a robotic hand.

Teri Lommel, Alyssa's mother, posted on her Caring Bridge site on Wednesday that Alyssa has decided to go with an electric hand that can be programmed to performed 14 different kinds of grips.

For now, Lommel is only going to start with one for her right hand.

The hand costs somewhere in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, so the family is going to try out the right hand before purchasing the left.

According to her Caring Bridge, Lommel is also planning to head back to school this fall.

She recently opened up to the St Cloud Times for her first interview since being found unconscious on a porch in Duluth in December in subzero temperatures.

Lommel had her fingers, some toes and part of her feet amputated and was cleared to go home in January.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnatI@kbjr.com

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