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Alyssa Jo Lommel

ST. PAUL. Minn. — The University of Minnesota Duluth college student who spent a night outside in subzero weather remains is in serious but stable condition at a St. Paul hospital and family members indicated that they are taking steps to tell her about the severe frostbite injuries she suffered after spending several hours outside in subzero temperatures earlier this month.

Last week, the family of Alyssa Jo Lommel indicated on the CaringBridge website that doctors would be doing “some amputations” sometime within the next two weeks.

The latest entry shows that doctors and family are waiting for Lommel to fully understand what is happening regarding her care.

“I talked with her doctor today and he seems to be in agreement that Alyssa is ready to be told about her injuries and the care plan that they have decided on,” her mother wrote on Sunday. “I don’t think any of us are ready. I know I am very anxious and dreading it. She really hasn’t asked many questions about her injuries and all the bandages, so the doctor thinks on some level she probably knows it’s not good.”

Lommel was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after she was found outside the morning of Dec. 7 on the steps of a home next door to her Duluth residence. She had been dropped off by friends about midnight, and it’s assumed that she spent more than eight hours in conditions that reached minus-17

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