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Duluth student who suffered frostbite returns home to St. Cloud

DULUTH — A University of Minnesota Duluth student has returned to her St. Cloud home after spending more than two months in the hospital with severe frostbite.

Doctors gave 19-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel clearance to return home Monday, and she is now receiving home health care, her mother, Teri Lommel, wrote on her CaringBridge site.

“It will be nice for her to get personal care in her own environment, and they will give us ideas on what we should change to make things easier for her,” Teri Lommel wrote. “We have already changed all the door handles to levers instead of knobs and gotten rid of all the rugs. I'm sure there is much more we need to do.”

She said Alyssa is doing well walking on her own, but still needs some assistance. Home health care professionals will continue to assist Teri in Alyssa’s care for now.

Alyssa Lommel has been hospitalized since Dec. 7, when she was found on the steps of a neighbor’s home. It's estimated she spent nearly nine hours outside on a night when the temperature dipped to 17 degrees below zero.

While hospitalized at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Lommel lost parts of her feet and all of her fingers last month due to frostbite. On Feb. 3, she was transferred to St. Cloud Hospital so she could continue her recovery closer to home.

A 2012 graduate of St. Cloud Cathedral High School, Lommel was a sophomore at UMD.

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