A generous group of Climate Hawks Vote members have pledged to match any contributions made to support Sophia's medical costs. Your $5 contribution will be doubled to $10 if you make it now:
Contribute $5 to support Sophia's medical fund with Climate Hawks Vote.All funds raised will go to Sophia's medical fund.
Sophia is currently in stable condition. Below is information about her injuries and surgery from her father, lawyer Wayne Wilansky:
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. Sophia will have surgery again 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.
Sophia was far from alone in suffering direct violence from the Dakota Access police forces.
Hundreds of water protectors have been injured at the Standing Rock encampments in the last few days. Law enforcement blasted the protectors with water cannons in freezing temperatures evening. Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Multiple people were unconscious and bleeding after being shot in the head with rubber bullets. Hundreds were treated for injuries, tear-gas exposure, and hypothermia.
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Dakota Access pipeline protester seriously hurt during police standoff, The Guardian
Dakota Pipeline: Protesters Soaked With Water in Freezing Temperatures, NBC News
Demand the demilitarization of Standing Rock:
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ND Office of the Governor: 701-328-2200
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ND National Guard: 701-333-2000