Question: Dear Health Care Magic,
the following question is for the sake of reference. I am working on a novel and have a question related to frostbite, hypothermia
, and the consequences of each. I have listed a lot of information that I hope may give you an idea of the situation, and I understand that there are many uncounted variables, but even a general idea of the consequences that are likely to happen in this case would be incredibly helpful. I have included the specific questions below the information.
Girl leaves home on the middle of a cold
, windy night in the middle of winter. Walks approximately 1.4 miles. While walking her lower legs and boots become wet from traipsing through thick snow. Eventually she lays down at her resting spot where she remains until she is discovered several hours later and brought to an emergency room.
Height: 4'3”/129.6 cm
Weight: 56 lbs
Exposure: No experience with extreme temperature over long periods of time. Grew up in a cold area and plays outside in the cold on occasion.
Merrell Winter Boots: Waterproof shell, suede/faux fur upper, side zipper, winter insulation. Nine inch high shafts
Down Winter Jacket with polyester shell, waist-high with hood (worn down) and slightly long at the arms, unzipped at front
100% Cotton T-shirt
Air Temperature: -18.4 degrees Fahrenheit and warms to 6 degrees Fahrenheit with sunrise
Wind Speeds: 5 mph sustained wind-speed with gusts up to 15 mph
Sunlight: 2 days past full moon
Time of Departure: 12:04 a.m.
Time of Arrival: 12:35 a.m. (approximately)
Time of Discovery: 10:24 a.m.
The girl is not in great physical condition and has been sleeping inadequately the last several weeks leading up to the incident.
1. How long would hypothermia and frostbite take to set in?
2. When would loss of consciousness
3. Would heart stop?
4. If yes to 3, would any limb damage would occur due to exposure and circulation issues?
5. A general idea of injuries and damages in similar situations would be very helpful.
Thank you VERY much!