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Holly Doll, of Mandan, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, holds a protest sign outside the state’s capitol building, in Bismarck, N.D., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Doll and more than 60 other demonstrators voiced their opposition to an oil pipeline crossing an under water source that lies on the reservation land. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

A 21-year-old woman injured at a Standing Rock protest might lose her arm, father says


A New York woman seriously hurt protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline Monday faces multiple surgeries and could lose an arm, her father said.

Protesters and law enforcement gave conflicting accounts about what might have caused the explosion that injured her.

Sophia Wilansky, 21, was listed in serious condition and was undergoing surgery at a Minneapolis hospital.

*GRAPHIC CONTENT*  | These are photos taken of Wilansky after the incident.

Wilansky's father said his daughter was hurt when law enforcement threw a grenade. 

The doctor just said she may need as many as 20 surgeries over very many months to have any hope of saving her arm and her hand.
Wayne Wilansky, father of Sophia Wilansky

Two tales

Sophia's father, Wayne Wilansky, told reporters his daughter is in need of extensive medical procedures. It's unclear what caused the incident. Protestors say Wilansky was hit by a police weapon. Police suggest it was an explosion caused by protestors.

A GoFundMe was created to help Wilansky's family cover medical bills for treatment.

Here protestors are seen holding a ceremony to honor Wilansky after the incident.

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