Warning: GROSS! What Happens When You Pass Out Outside In Canadian Winter
1/8 Emma Quirk is a young Australian woman currently living in Alberta, Canada. On a night out on the town with her friends, the Australian admits she was “blackout drunk” by midnight with no phone, money or any idea of where she was.
Documenting the entire ordeal, she took a selfie a few hours before her ‘disappearance’. She was last seen at 2:30am.
2/8 Disclosing she doesn’t want sympathy, she was found at 5:45am in a ball trying to sleep. Her fingers were noticeably purple and she was taken to hospital.
“At 6.30am a nurse told me that best case scenario I keep my fingers. Worst case, I lose my hands”.
3/8 Her specialist was called Dr Randall Friesen — who she refers to as Dr Freezin.
He told her, her fingers would blister and swell before they could be popped a few days later.
4/8 The pain and pressure of her fingers at their biggest was “unbearable” she described, explaining opiates were the only thing getting her through the pain. Her hands had gone from ‘frostnip” to 3rd and 4th degree frostbite.
5/8 “My next visit with Doc Freezin he was wearing an apron and a face mask with a plastic shield over his head.
“With my hand over a metal tray, he cut my blisters with a scalpel. Puss went everywhere. I think I even got the hospital curtains.”
Her fingers were completely deflated within minutes.
6/8 She is now in recovery and can use her hands again. The doctor said she will properly keep all her fingers, but is concerned about her left pinky and right middle fingertip.
She will only know about the fate of her fingers in June.
7/8 “If I lose them I wanna make a sweet custom made prosthetic. Just like Margot Tennenbaum in The Royal Tennebaums.”
8/8 She said she has a simple but effective philosophy on staying upbeat in the worst situations: “Basically, try to find the shit that makes you happy, especially when everything seems miserable.”