A 21-year-old woman with Massachusetts ties may lose one arm after she was hit by a concussion grenade while protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, her father confirmed during a press conference in Minnesota Tuesday.
Sophia Wilansky, a 2016 graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, has already undergone multiple surgeries after the grenade struck her arm sometime during the night.
“The force of the explosion blew the bone out of her arm and all of the arteries and all of the muscle that supports her arm,” her father, Wayne Wilansky, said at the press conference in front of a hospital in Minneapolis. “If she maintains her arm, she will have very minor function. It’s a very difficult decision, obviously, for a 21-year-old girl to have to make."
A Go Fund Me account set up Monday has already raised more than $200,000 to help in Wilansky's recovery. She will need at least 20 surgeries if she tries to save the arm, her father said.