March 19, 2015 10:24 am
Updated: March 20, 2015 2:31 pm

‘So this one time in Canada, I got frostbite’: Australian’s photos of frostbite go viral

Emma Quirk in the last photo she took before experiencing severe frostbite.

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TORONTO — As Canadians we all know what it means to get cold. Really cold. But frostbite is a whole other kind of cold. And an Australian woman can tell you just how brutal it is.

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Meet Emma Quirk, who got a severe case of frostbite in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, after she fell asleep in the cold following a night of drinking. Emma posted the entire ordeal on Imgur.

“So this one time in Canada, I got frostbite,” Emma starts off. “I’m an Australian and I’m really [expletive] stupid.”

Turns out Emma was separated from her friends — with no phone, no money and no idea where she was — and fell asleep after severe fatigue set in (a symptom of hypothermia). She was found and taken to the hospital.

“At 6.30 a nurse told me that best case scenario I keep my fingers. Worst case, I lose my hands,” Emma wrote.

These are Emma’s fingers 20 minutes after she was found.

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“Everyone wanted to check out my sweet blisters and find out how long an Aussie can withstand the cold before almost dying. Apparently 3 hours is pretty piss-weak.”
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Emma said that she got to meet “the local specialist” whose name was, “Wait for it… Dr. Freezin!!! I know! My injury has its own pun!” (Turns out it was Dr. Freisen.)
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This photo shows the biggest her fingers reached. Though she looks rather playful here, she admits that the pain and pressure was almost unbearable.
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This shows her fingers after the doctor cut open the blisters.
“Puss went everywhere. EVERYWHERE.”
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The good news is that her hands are healing and that it looks like she will be able to keep her fingers.
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Emma’s story was a painful lesson of the harshness of winter. But she has gone through the whole ordeal with humour. One of the morals of her story, she says, was: “Try not to get blackout drunk…if you do, know how to get home…find the pun in every situation.”

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