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Student left in cold has surgery on feet

ST. PAUL — The 19-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student found outside in subzero temperatures had surgery Monday to remove parts of her feet.

Alyssa Lommel’s mother, Teri, wrote on her daughter’s CaringBridge site Monday night that the surgery at Regions Hospital in St. Paul “went well.”

“She ended up basically only losing the tips of her toes on one foot, so she has little nubs yet, which will help greatly for balance and walking, but the other foot they had to take just below the ball of her foot,” Teri Lommel wrote. “She should still be able to walk just fine with inserts in her shoes.”

But during the surgery, doctors discovered more damage to Lommel’s heels than they had earlier assessed, Teri Lommel wrote. They had to remove more skin and tissue, which could hinder her walking if they don’t heal properly, Teri wrote.

Lommel, a sophomore from St. Cloud, was found on the steps of a neighbor’s home on the morning of Dec. 7. It’s estimated she spent nearly nine hours outside on a night when the temperature dipped to minus 17 degrees.

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