ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine student who was unprepared for the subzero temperatures that hit Maine a week ago remained in a Bangor hospital Friday getting treatment for his frostbitten hands, said UM spokesman Joe Carr.
The 19-year-old student was walking across campus Saturday, Jan. 22, and was not properly prepared for the frigid weather, Carr said, adding that at one point, “he just slipped or fell, causing his hands to make contact with the snow.”
The frostbitten student did not realize how badly he was injured and did not call for help until the next day, Carr said.
A friend of the student called police at 7:47 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, and the injured teen was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor to be treated for frostbite to his hands, Carr said.
The student was still hospitalized as of noon Friday.
Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the incident, Carr stressed.
The school sent out a mass e-mail after the student was transferred to the hospital reminding students and staff to dress properly for Maine’s winter weather.