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Update on Severely-Wounded Standing Rock Protestor Sophia Wilansky

Rejected submission by -- OriginalOwner_ at 2016-11-23 07:09:41

from the life-changing-injuries dept.

The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council reports [] via Common Dreams

At around 4:30am [November 21,] the police [...] lobbed a number of concussion grenades (which are not supposed to be thrown at people) directly at protesters, or protectors as they want to be called. A grenade exploded right as it hit Sophia in the left forearm, taking most of the undersurface of her left arm with it. Both her radial and ulnar artery were completely destroyed. Her radius was shattered and a large piece of it is missing. Her medial nerve is missing a large section as well. All of the muscle and soft tissue between her elbow and wrist were blown away.

The police did not do this by accident--it was an intentional act of throwing it directly at her. Additionally, police were shooting people in [the] face and groin, intending to do the most possible damage. Sophia will have surgery again [Wednesday, November 23] as, bit by bit, they try to rebuild a somewhat functioning arm and hand.

The first surgery took a vein from her leg, which they have implanted in her arm to take the place of the missing arteries. She will need multiple surgeries to try to gain some functional use of the arm and hand. She will be, every day for the foreseeable future, fearful of losing her arm and hand.

[...]A fund set up by friends and verified to help with Sophia's recovery is set up here [].

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