UMD Student Who Suffered Severe Hypothermia Slowly Getting Stronger

Updated: 12/28/2013 2:20 PM By: Megan Stewart

Photo courtesy of Lommel's Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Lommel's Facebook page.

The parents of the University of Minnesota Duluth student who suffered severe hypothermia said she is stronger than a few days ago.

Earlier this month, Alyssa Lommel was hospitalized after she was found unconscious outside in sub-zero temperatures. This week she was upgraded from critical to serious condition.

On Saturday, Lommel's parents updated her CaringBridge website, saying she still feels nauseous and very tired. She still needs a feeding tube during the day and doctors are giving her Magnesium.

Despite these setbacks, her dad wrote, "I can tell when they get her up to use the commode that she is getting even stronger than she was just a few days ago. The body is an amazing thing."

Police say Lommel, a sophomore from St. Cloud, had been out drinking with friends Dec. 6 and was dropped off at her Duluth house around midnight. A passer-by spotted Lommel on the front stoop of the house next door about nine hours later. 

The CaringBridge page also reported last week that doctors "are getting close to being ready to start doing" some amputations.

No updates have been provided on possible amputations.