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Duluth student frostbite victim to get robotic hand

ST. CLOUD - Alyssa Lommel, the University of Minnesota Duluth student who suffered frostbite after spending several hours outside in subzero temperatures, was on the search for an electric hand last week.

Teri Lommel, Alyssa’s mother, announced on her CaringBridge site that Alyssa is in the process of getting a robotic hand.

Alyssa Lommel has returned home to St. Cloud after losing parts of her hands and feet.

Lommel, a sophomore, was found on the steps of a neighbor’s home in Duluth on Dec. 7 after a night of drinking.

“After doing some looking, Alyssa has decided to go with the Pro Digits product,” stated Teri Lommel. “It’s a hand that can be programmed to perform, 14 different kinds of grips.”

With a single electronic hand costing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Lommels have reportedly decided to try the right hand before purchasing both.

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