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Woman found in subzero conditions in Duluth faces surgery

A 30-year-old woman who was found behind Midtowne Manor in Lincoln Park on Sunday morning will face surgery to remove her toes, according to her Caring Bridge webpage.

A 30-year-old woman who was found behind Midtowne Manor in Lincoln Park on Sunday morning will face surgery to remove her toes, according to her Caring Bridge webpage.

Duluth police were called at 9:38 a.m. Sunday to assist an ambulance crew and after a passer-by spotted Erin Coons outside.

Emergency responders estimate that Coons had been in the cold for a few hours. She was conscious at the time of the rescue.

Coons was sent to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth and then transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

"Erin's left toes are dead and there no blood flowing to the tips of them. Her toes will be amputated," wrote Coons' sister, Erica Coons. "She will need skin grafting, but how much is still unknown because the healing process takes time."

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The temperature at the time Coons was discovered was about 20 degrees below zero.

Regions Hospital is where University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore Alyssa Lommel is being treated after she was found after spending a night outside in early December.

Lommel was moved from the intensive care unit there this week as more frostbite victims came in.

Erica Coons wrote that her sister's recovery time will be at least six weeks. Donations to help defray costs can be sent through PayPal to hopeforerincoons@gmail.com .

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