Another Surgery Scheduled for Duluth Student Who Suffered Hypothermia

Updated: 12/17/2013 3:58 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste



Tuesday could be a critical day for a Duluth college student found in subzero temperatures.

Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Lommel is scheduled for another surgery. Lommel's mother posted on her CaringBridge site Tuesday that her daughter had a setback overnight when she started to bleed. Doctors plan to close that wound in surgery.

Lommel spent about nine hours outside on the porch of her next-door-neighbor's home on Friday, Dec. 6, to Saturday, Dec. 7. The temperature that night in Duluth was 17 degrees below zero. Lommel suffered hypothermia and frostbite.

Police say Lommel had been drinking. Duluth Police confirm Lommel had her house keys but mistakenly wandered to the wrong home, her neighbor’s next door at 808 Woodland, instead of her home at 810 Woodland. The neighbors weren't home, so help wasn't inside.

When police asked her friends how much she had to drink, they said she had been drinking tequila but that she “wasn’t wasted; she could talk and she wasn’t falling down drunk.”

An officer scanning through Twitter and Facebook accounts came across a tweet from Lommel’s account at 2:25 p.m. Friday that said, “Yum Yum 10th shot of tequila,” according to the police report.

Firefighters at the scene say she was “stiff as a board” when they found her. Officers say her hands were swollen to three times the size of a normal hand and were “extremely white in color,” with the skin splitting open in some areas.