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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.
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.
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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