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Alyssa Lommel sometimes gets a piggyback ride from friend Amy Bechtold, who helps to take care of Alyssa when Alyssa’s mother, Teri, needs a break. Lommel, 19, is at home in St. Cloud recovering after spending a nearly fatal night outside in below-zero temperatures on Dec. 7 in Duluth. She has undergone amputations and skin grafts, but hopes to return to school at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall. (Kimm Anderson / St. Cloud Times)

UMD student found in subzero conditions is ready to resume her life

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Alyssa Lommel was barely clinging to life in a coma at the burn center of St. Paul’s Regions Hospital.

The 19-year-old had been airlifted from Duluth after spending nine hours outside the morning of Dec. 7. Temperatures were as low as minus 17.

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Lommel was found with a body temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, two degrees colder than when most people’s hearts stop functioning.

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