Medical fund for Vanessa (Sioux Z)
Vanessa has been on the front lines fighting DAPL and working security for Oceti Sakowin since September 11. During the action on November 20 at the Backwater bridge, she was shot in the eye with a tear gas canister 6 feet away. It was aimed directly at her face by a Morton County officer. She was seen at Bismark Sanford hospital and released because she had no insurance. She has a detached retina and needs surgery to ensure her vision. She is now seeking medical attention in Fargo. Donations will be used for the cost of the 2 ER visits, surgery, medications, and recovery.
I am so ashamed of my country. As a veteran, I swore to protect every citizen from enemies foreign and domestic. It saddens me that this has happened to you. I am heartened by the prayers and love I have seen in support of native peoples. You are not alone, allies, veterans and volunteers are helping, information is getting out. May you heal and be well. Thank you for your courage.
Vanessa, I was at the sacred fire when the announcement was made about your injury and that the local hospital wouldn't treat you. A huge group of us stepped forward to donate money for transportation to get you to a better hospital and I'm so incredibly thankful and moved by your sacrifice. When I stepped forward you gave me a hug through tears and I thank you for that. I'm so sorry that you have to suffer in order for people to be woken up to the reality of crisis in our world. You have my heart and my prayers.
Hi Cheree and Vanessa, my name is Ruth and I am from England, I am half English (Mother) and half Scottish (Father); of the Highland Clan MacLeish, my Great Grand Mother was forcefully removed from the Hebrides after the fall of our Elders, The Lords Of the Isles, by the English, to make way for sheep rearing. I stand with you Sisters and Brothers. Though I am far away I wanted to reach out my hand in service to Vanessa via Skype, should she want to contact me as a healer; in Classical Homoeopathy, we have wonderful remedies like Arnica Montana which helps the speeds up the Vital Forces (spirit like self healing energy) removal of dead blood cells where ever a clot is formed, and other remedies relating to the eye and trauma to them that she will no doubt need in her healing journey.
Alicia Dewey, I donated and have no problem with Vanessa getting more donations than originally asked for. If you have a problem, don't participate or donate. There will always be unforseen costs, when it comes to this type of injury. For example, she may need to pay for treatment to deal with Post Tramatic Stress Disorde. If she suffers any unforseen expenses, as a result of her injury, then I have no problem with monies going to pay for those costs..as well. You cannot say definitively how much the surgery may cost.
Loved seeing your strong sprit shining through the pain in the latest video. So amazed at your courage for standing up against such a vicious targeted attack. What ugliness they must harbor in their hearts to take money for aiming tear gas canisters at a woman's face. Sending thoughts of a completely recovered eye and easing of all pain. BTW, you would look so badass with a pirate's eyepatch as you heal.
Vanessa, the sacrifice you have made is far more than was asked of you and yet you stood there and took that uncalled for abuse! I am SO proud of you as are millions s of people worldwide!! Keep strong in knowing you did what is right for the right reasons! We ❤️ You! We You! We✊You! (I made a donation but forgot to leave a comment with it. And I am spreading the word!)
I don know the complete happenings at Sanford but if they released her because she had no payment source I think that is a EMTALA violation especially if she was not stable. It could be they felt a detached retina was not an emergency or that surgery was not required immediately. I had heard that some protectors were told by a nurse "that's what you get". I told the person who posted that should be written up . That's very unprofessional. It could have been the other hospital in Bismarck where that happened. Both incidents need to be reported to CMS.
Hmm. So you start out with a goal of 10k, someone in the comment section suggests you bump it up to 100k and you then figure...'why stop there? Let's shoot for 200k'!!??? A clear breakdown of where these funds are going is certainly warranted. An ER visit is under 2k, you listed two that needed to be paid for. The surgery (vitrectomy) cost to fix a detached retina is around 5k but ranges from 5-7k. This gofund me account was initially set up with a 10k goal, now that you have kind-hearted people donating so generously, you decide to get greedy and bump it up to a staggering 200 HUNDRED THOUSAND?! Shame on you!!! I could puke! Disgusting! 10k goal bumped up to 200k!! Unbelievable. Stop taking advantage of good people! There other truly worthy causes in need of those donations!
Reading some of these comments is somewhat disheartening, but negativity is a virus in the minds of many. There is no price to put on somebody's health and physical holism, particularly when the injury is the result of such an egregiously violent act from those sworn to serve and protect. Sioux Z, you are so strong, so brave, you inspire so many all over the world, never doubt that. Your treatment, rehabilitation, travel costs, ongoing medical care, and adaptations you may have to make in your lifestyle are incalculable. Anyone who dares to dispute your right to seek assistance need only put themselves in your place for a moment to see that no amount is asking "too much". You are trying to save our planet, Mother Earth, the environment, de-escalate climate change, and ensure safe water for millions of Americans. You deserve so much better than what the ND Police dealt you, and I hope you can seek some legal precedent that will end extreme Police violence in the face of Peaceful Protectors and Protesters everywhere. I wish I could be there in person, in camp, to offer my nursing skills where needed, but since I can't - I send all the love, hope, peace, and strength to you and your Standing Rock family. Mni Wiconi.
Your courage shames us all, revealing the egregious government we are all living under. Obama will be noted in history as just another fork tongue with fancy rhetoric and no delivery. I pray for your good health and vision. You are not alone. Your allies are fighting with you. Love & Peace
You are STRONG woman! You are brave. You are a Hera for ALL of our people. Your sight is Strong, your body is brave. Thank you for your service in defense of the Good Earth, the Clean Water and the place where the people pray. May you heal beautifully and know that the world has witnessed this terrible thing. We are watching. We are proud of your courage. We send you our prayers from all directions. May you be held in the good healing hands and know we see this. We see you. Prayers of good healing on you.
I agree with others that said to get her out of ND ASAP. It has to be dangerous there for anyone that was injured that day. MCSD wants no evidence of their illegal actions to remain. They have DAPL and Energy Transfers money to back them. If she is still in ND get her to MN, either to Minneapolis or to Rochester MN, St. Mary's Hospital. They ahve some outstanding retinal surgeons and a progranm to help care for those without enough $$.
Vanessa should look into the "Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act". Detached retina is always considered a medical emergency and she is protected under this act. The purpose of it is to "to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay." She can sue the doctors that turned her away to help pay for her medical bills.