On the morning of February 15, Lois fell in her tub and was unable to get up. She did not get help until the morning of the 17th, when a friend found her.
She was taken by ambulance to the ER in Sandstone, and was found to be severely dehydrated, hypothermic, with extremely high blood sugar, and multiple pressure wounds. She was also found to have a large gangrenous infection in her left leg. This may have been the original source of her deterioration in health, that led up to her fall.
She was transferred to the University of Minnesota Medical Center and had emergency surgery the same day. She stayed in ICU for a few days, then transferred to a regular floor. After.a week and a half in the hospital, she was transferred to a Transitional Care Unit, to begin Physical and Occupational therapies.