UMD student to undergo surgery on Monday

By KBJR News 1

UMD student to undergo surgery on Monday

January 3, 2014 Updated Jan 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM CST

St. Cloud, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The 19 year old UMD student found semi-conscious in sub zero temperatures last month will have to undergo skin grafts as well as have surgery on her toes next week.

According to Alyssa Lommel's Caring Bridge website, doctors told the family that Lommel's right thigh and hip along with her left knee are not healing properly and that there is a concern for infection.

Doctors also asked if Lommel wanted to have her amputations done at the same time since she will be put under. Lommel's mother says after running through her options, Lommel agreed to have the amputations done, however only her toes will undergo surgery. Doctors say they want to hold off on her hands until a later date.

According to her Caring Bridge site, Lommel is booked for the OR on Monday.

Lommel's mother wrote on her Caring Bridge site: "We are going to try and get her together with someone that she can talk to about similar amputations, but if that happens or not is yet to be determined. It may have to wait until after she is strong enough again to handle it."

The 19 year old woman was found unconscious on the porch of her neighbor's house in Duluth on December 7th. 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

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