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Woman may lose toes from frostbite

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A woman from Greenwich may lose her toes because of frostbite.

Ryan Ramsey, 27, said she developed severe hypothermia and frostbite on her hands and feet after she recently spent three hours outside in the snow not wearing proper clothing.

"I didn't know anything about frostbite, and this is kind of the result of that," said Ramsey.

A police officer brought her to a nearby hospital disoriented, she said.

Doctors told her that her body temperature dipped to 80 degrees and that her condition was so severe, they had to bring her to Hartford Hospital.

"I was shaking uncontrollably." Ramsey explained. "I was just in excruciating pain. I've never felt anything like it."

Ramsey said she was informed by the doctors that they may have to amputate her toes.

Her treatments include daily medicine and sessions in a hyperbaric chamber.

Hospital officials said treatments in the chamber last two to three hours at a time.

They also say the chamber is the only one of its kind in a New England medical facility.

"She breaths in 100-percent oxygen through a mask and that gets more oxygen down to her legs and feet so that her frostbite can heal better," said Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor of Hartford Hospital.

Ramsey's hands are doing well but they still have to wait and see what happens to her feet, according to Johnson-Arbor.

Ramsey said her hope was to encourage others to learn about the dangers of frostbite.

"At least I can try to help people not go through what I've gone through because you do not want to go through this," she explained.

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