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Student found in subzero cold is upgraded to fair condition

DULUTH -- The condition of a University of Minnesota Duluth student found unconscious in subzero cold Dec. 7 has been upgraded from critical to fair, hospital officials confirmed Tuesday.

Alyssa Jo Lommel had been listed in critical condition Saturday. The UMD student was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after being diagnosed with hypothermia and severe frostbite.

Meanwhile, family members continued to report signs of progress on Lommel’s CaringBridge page. She is breathing without the aid of a ventilator and was being weaned off heavy medications. She can speak in a soft voice and eat ice chips.

The Caring Bridge page also reported that doctors “will be doing some amputations” within the next two weeks.

Lommel, a sophomore from St. Cloud, had been out with friends on the night of Dec. 6. They dropped her off around midnight at the driveway of the house where she lives. That was next door to the house where passers-by discovered her around 9:30 the next morning. The temperature had dropped to 17 below zero that night.

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