Frostbitten Duluth Student Shows Final Prototype of New Hand

Updated: 06/10/2014 10:43 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Photo: Alyssa Lommel's Instagram
Photo: Alyssa Lommel's Instagram

There’s a big step in the recovery process for a Minnesota college student.

Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Lommel almost died after spending a subzero night outside in Duluth back in December. She suffered severe frostbite, losing parts of her hands and feet.

This week, Lommel Instagramed a picture of the final prototype of her new hand. The caption says, “The final prototype of my hand. This is just the first step to making my actual hand that I will be going home with on Friday :)”

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 suffering from severe hypothermia.