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21 Year Old Arm Blown Off Protesting Dakota Pipeline








A New York woman who was among several hundred people protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota early Monday had her left arm nearly “blown off” during an explosion at the protest site, her father said.


Sophia Wilansky, 21, has been undergoing multiple surgeries to try to save her arm after chaos erupted at Standing Rock about 4:30 a.m. on Monday. Her father, Wayne Wilansky, said his daughter was handing out bottles of water to fellow protesters when police lobbed a concussion grenade, which exploded when it hit her left forearm.

“I died a thousand deaths today and will continue to do so for quite some time,” Wayne Wilansky said in a statement. “I am left without the right words to describe the anguish of watching her look at her now alien arm and hand.”

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