INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE: FROZEN FRESHMEN -- THE DANGERS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS GOING OUT AT NIGHT IN FREEZING WEATHER WITHOUT PROPER ATTIRE
INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:
FROZEN FRESHMEN -- THE DANGERS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS GOING OUT AT NIGHT IN FREEZING WEATHER WITHOUT PROPER ATTIRE
ONE YOUNG WOMAN RECALLS HOW SHE LOST ALL HER FINGERS AND TOES AFTER PASSING OUT IN THE COLD
Please mention airdate: Tuesday, November 13
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New York, NY — November 13, 2018 – In a report airing on Tuesday, INSIDE EDITION looks at the dangers of cold weather when college students go out at night in freezing temperatures. More and more, co-eds are braving the cold without wearing proper winter attire. But what they may not realize is that their choice to go without a coat and gloves can result in life-threatening consequences.
INSIDE EDITION’s Lisa Guerrero speaks with Alyssa Lommel, who was a 19-year-old sophomore and accomplished gymnast when her life was changed forever by one night of fun. After having a few drinks and going to a party, Lommel was dropped off at home but never made it inside. She was found nine hours later passed out on a neighbor’s porch. Lommel was rushed to the hospital, where she spent 78 days in recovery.
“I lost all ten fingers and lost all of my toes,” she tells INSIDE EDITION. “You never think it could happen to you, but it’s so true. I’m just this girl who grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and went to college and never, ever thought in a million years that my life would be changed this significantly.”
Lommel goes on to say, “I had to relearn every single thing in my life. Simple things people don’t think about because it’s just so basic.”
Sadly, Lommel’s experience is not an isolated incident. An Iowa college student died of hypothermia after he passed out in the snow with a blood alcohol level of .17.
INSIDE EDITION visits the University of Minnesota and finds a shocking number of students dressed for summer when the temperature outside is 8 degrees Fahrenheit. When INSIDE EDITION asks students why they aren’t dressed for the cold, some say they think a coat would “ruin the outfit” while others say they don’t want to bother with carrying one indoors.
But Lommel tells INSIDE EDITION she doesn’t wish her traumatic experience on anyone else.
“Put on a coat. Put on a hat. Put on your mittens. I mean, anything, make sure you have something. But wear a coat,” she says. “You may think it’s uncool, you may worry if you leave it somewhere, what if it gets stolen? What if you lose your life?”
For Inside Edition’s full report tune in on Tuesday, November 13. For stations and times in your area, check local listings at www.insideedition.com.
INSIDE EDITION is produced daily by Inside Edition Inc. and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
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