Alyssa Jo Lommel, UMD student who nearly froze, cried when told about amputations [UPDATE]

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Alyssa Jo Lommel
-- Update at bottom --

Original post (December 30) -- Around 9:30 a.m. on December 7, University of Minnesota-Duluth student Alyssa Jo Lommel, 19, was found nearly frozen to death on a neighbor's porch. She'd apparently spent the entire night outside while temperatures dropped as low as 17 below zero.

THE BACKSTORY: UMD student Alyssa Jo Lommel tweeted about tequila shots before she was found freezing

More than three weeks later, Lommel remains hospitalized. Her condition has been upgraded to fair, but according to her family, doctors still haven't told her how bad her injuries are.

Lommel's CaringBridge page is private, but the Duluth News Tribune reports that last week, her family wrote that doctors would be performing "some amputations" soon.

An entry published yesterday indicates Alyssa Jo herself remains in the dark about what amputations she's facing. Her mother wrote:
"I talked with her doctor today and he seems to be in agreement that Alyssa is ready to be told about her injuries and the care plan that they have decided on. I don't think any of us are ready. I know I am very anxious and dreading it. She really hasn't asked many questions about her injuries and all the bandages, so the doctor thinks on some level she probably knows it's not good."
The Pioneer Press, citing Lommel's CaringBridge page, reports that she was on a ventilator and unable to communicate until just last Monday. She's now able to speak but still hasn't been allowed to see her hands when doctors change her bandages.

:::: UPDATE ::::

According to a new entry on her CaringBridge page, Lommel has now been told that she'll need to have some of her extremities amputated.

Her doctor "felt that today it would be good to just tell her about the amputations," her mother wrote yesterday (via the Duluth News Tribune). "His feeling was that she would only hear that anyway, no matter what else he said."

The doctor "also told her how lucky she was just to be alive, but I really don't think any of that sunk in," Teri Lommel continued. "It took her several minutes before she looked at any of us. Then she started to slowly cry."

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110 comments
ridgerunner
ridgerunner

this is so sick,  like "reporters" yelling and screaming flashing camera lights at a child in shock  with her parents blood on her.  "how does it feel watching your mom die?"  i am so sick of this diseased mentality that  you have the right  to intrude on personal grief.

Mary Flaa
Mary Flaa

You are in our thoughts and prayers Alyssa.

welakawombat
welakawombat

Is this a sad story?  Sure it is.  Is she a bit of an idiot?  Sure she is.  Will she live with regrets from her actions?  No question about that BUT blaming the kids that took her home has no logic.  Is it now the job of the designated driver to get a sloppy drunk not only home safe but in their house too? 

According to first articles her footsteps were seen from the road to her door then to the back of the house next door then to the porch where she passed out.  The driver did his/her part.  They got the drunk home without letting her kill herself and others driving home.  Getting her in the house isn't the drivers responsibility unless she was passed out and then if males someone no doubt would accused them of rape.  She made it to the steps on her own so she should have kept knocking if she lost her keys but it isn't the driver that brought her there that is to blame UNLESS that is who supplied the alcohol.  Then he has problems.

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson

Who the FUCK wouldn't?! Who IS this neive, insensitive, and sheltered bastard who wrote this article?! Good God...

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Wow - it sure is easy to read the comments and pick out the sociopaths on here.

Kory Seder
Kory Seder

most depressing news story ever.

Erin Michele
Erin Michele

Of course she cried. Please stop reporting on her personal pain. Stalking her CaringBridge?! That's just wrong.

Lola House
Lola House

This is so sad. When I first heard about this story i had no compassion what so ever for this young lady. In some way, I still feel that way, she should have known better and is now reaping the consequences of said actions. But DAMN Citypages, let this shit rest. This update was serious over kill. And something extremely personal that shouldn't be blasted all over the net.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Something about this headline and the story just seem wrong. This makes Alyssa seem cheap to us, the writer is cheap, the editor is cheap, and the reader is left feeling cheap after reading this. Any more stories like this and I may not come around these City Pages anymore.

Angelina Peterson
Angelina Peterson

Welllllllllllllll....maybe u shouldn't have been so drunk. Even if I was drunk I wouldn't sleep outside. College didn't really pay off huh.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

With this much attention paid to the story, I hope there is an [UPDATE] in the future telling us how she is doing (hopefully in a more positive light). This is a real downer, but a positive followup would be better.

Jodi Wakeling
Jodi Wakeling

While awful it was her own doing. She learned the hard way there are consequences for your actions.

greenthinks
greenthinks

Shoudnt these kids be educated about shit like this can happen? Rapes assaults  freezing  falling into the river  down icy cliffs hitting your head  the list goes on and on.  Travel in packs avoid bad parts of town dont wander around drunk at 3:00 am? Its called self defence class.Minnesota weather can kill you in so many ways. Where is the education ? 

Toni Prekker
Toni Prekker

Instead of detailing her doctor's decisions and private family conversations, this story should be used to help teach young people how to be responsible, especially towards others. If you drop someone off at home, wait until you see that they are safely indoors before leaving. If you have a friend who is unable to care for herself, stay with her until you're sure she's safe. If you see something strange in your neighborhood, don't be afraid to call the authorities.

Tara Losen
Tara Losen

Sick of hearing about this girl. Report NEW news!!!!!!!!

Madison Allen
Madison Allen

Victim of awful event and awful subsequent events, excretes salty liquid from eye sockets when told more awful things will happen. More news at 11.

Lemmy
Lemmy

Great reporting, perhaps someone could sneak and get some pictures of her injuries to post, too!

Cannibal Carlson
Cannibal Carlson

^ if all above don't like the updates or story. You can unlike the page. Just sayin.

Sarah Linn
Sarah Linn

Not sure what media attention has to do with being held accountable. She will be held accountable....for the REST OF HER LIFE.

Victoria Cameron
Victoria Cameron

Her CaringBridge site is private. That should tell you something City Pages.

Pamela Chavez Birch
Pamela Chavez Birch

So let me get this straight...some one who is a personal friend or family member to this girl's Caring Bridge site is leaking info to City Pages who in turn is posting it on Facebook? Well I can only hope that when she gets past being mortified that these private moments have been violated that she can see it as a potential campaign to educate college students and emerging adults on responsible drinking practices because what she did ( and I mean overconsumption to the point of oblivion) happens everyday. God give her strength on her rugged journey.

Luke LaRock
Luke LaRock

I feel bad knowing about her amputations before she did. Why is this a story? I clicked on it, I'll admit it. But isn't this cruel to share with the world? Now you made me feel bad CP. Happy new year.

prolixgringo
prolixgringo

@citypages Does this fall under not-news, purient emotional exploitation, or stating the obvious? Next scoop: it's cold out.

Jeris Sunneberg
Jeris Sunneberg

Why is this private, intensely personal info being published on here?? Not only is she facing terrible losses but she is also being treated as a public spectacle. Just not ok.

Luke_AtMe
Luke_AtMe

@citypages at what point has this girl been thru enough? Not every detail needs to be shared with the public. Leave her be you fucking dicks

Anna Gonzalez
Anna Gonzalez

I think this update was a little pointless at the same time I think it's a good eyeopener for younger adults.

Samantha French
Samantha French

Maybe you should let people go to her caring bridge site instead of posting a bunch of unnecessary personal information everyday.

Andy Pavlik
Andy Pavlik

I totally agree with Angela. Leave this poor girl alone. She is suffering enough without this story being publicly told day after day. The City Pages seems to be positively gleeful about the suffering of this poor girl.

Beth Megan
Beth Megan

Of course she cried. Why would you report on something like that? This girl is going through enough.

Megan Betty
Megan Betty

I feel so bad for her, yes I doubt she would like all of this public....poor dear!

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

seriously stop with this story....... I don't think the public needs to read this personal sad and horrific stuff anymore.

Brandy Curtiss
Brandy Curtiss

How sad. Its a harsh way to learn a lesson. But that's what life is, a bunch of lessons. You learn or you continue down the same path. Poor girl.

Gina Hanson Staples
Gina Hanson Staples

Smh...this is sad. Poor girl. She did not deserve this. Not liking the hurtful comments. Typical humans.

konjokris
konjokris

@welakawombat Easy for you to spout off about drunks being dropped off.

When I drop a friend off at home I always make sure they make it in the damn house before I drive off.  You obviously have some issues with women, I hope you don't have daughters.

anthonygclark007
anthonygclark007

That's not the individual that wrote the article.,. that's a comment.

He's going to burn in hell for that comment. I promise.

konjokris
konjokris

Wait, Wait . . . she is 19, I remember 19 very well, well almost.  My point is, most young adults do not think about consequences, and the thought of passing out in the cold was way off her radar and to be at deaths door is a whole bunch of shit to deal with.  Compassion is what this young woman needs.  I hope she will be able to forgive herself for this.

arvinmarvin
arvinmarvin

@greenthinksNot to mention underage drinking in college. BTW, why is no one investigating who sold alcohol to this kid?

Onan
Onan

Then just don't click on the story.

/Too easy for you?

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