Student with frostbite begins rehab in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The UMD student who lost her fingers and toes after a severe case of frostbite is back in her hometown, ready to begin rehabilitation and the next chapter of her life.

Alyssa Lommel's mother posted details of her move from the Twin Cities to a hospital in St. Cloud on Alyssa's Caring Bridge site.

It reads:

So we're all settled in St. Cloud. BIG change from Regions. Not so sure how we're feeling about this quite yet.......We sure do miss the nursing staff, no doubt about that!

The drive went great, Adam drove with Alyssa in the front seat so she had more room for her long legs and feet. We did stop at home and Jay brought Rocky out to the car so she could see him. He sat so still and quiet on her lap. It was awesome for her!

We got to the hospital and Alyssa did the transfers from car to wheelchair just fine. We got to her room and they did all the assessments they needed to do and are setting up her plan for rehab to start tomorrow. They have asked that no visitors come until after 4-4:30 since she will be busy and then resting. Hopefully she will only have to be here for 7-10 days. She seems to think she can power through in 5 days, but we'll see. Her motivation is amazing!

She still randomly will break into tears, but that is to be expected, I guess. It's very hard for me to stay strong when I see her cry. It's so out of character for her and I'm just not used to it happening. Frustrating for me too because I have no idea how to help her.

Please pray for both Alyssa and I to find peace and some calmness in the next week.

Police say the 19-year-old Lommel had been out drinking with friends Dec. 6 and was dropped off at her Duluth house around midnight. A passer-by spotted Lommel on her front stoop about nine hours later.

Lommel suffered severe frostbite and hypothermia. Doctors later amputated the teen's fingers and toes when it was determined they could not be saved.


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