A 19-year-old sophomore from the University of Minnesota Duluth suffered severe hypothermia and could lose one or more limbs after spending a night passed out on a freezing porch in subzero temperatures with only a jacket and UGG boots to protect her from the frostbiting cold.
Alyssa Jo Lommel had reportedly been dropped off near her home after a night of drinking, and somehow ended up unconscious on a neighbor's porch.
Overnight temperatures in Duluth dropped to -17, with a wind chill around -36.
The unidentified friend who drove Lommel home told officers that amount was "no more than usual" for Lommel, who was "a normal party chick."
The same man reported that Lommel "wasn't wasted" when he and others dropped her off around midnight. "She could talk. And she wasn't falling-down drunk," he said.
Lommel's footprints suggest she attempted to enter a parked car before ending up on the porch.
With her neighbors away, Lommel remained there for over nine hours until a passer-by reported her condition to the authorities.
As Lommel was not wearing gloves, her hands swelled up to three times their normal size causing the skin to split.
Doctors are attempting to surgecially improve Lommel's blood flow in order to avoid having to amputate any of the affected limbs.