Less than a week after a plane-propeller accident severed her left hand, fractured her skull and lacerated her face, Lauren Scruggs is walking again and has looked in a mirror for the first time.Video: Injured model sees face after propeller injury (on this page)
In a news conference Thursday, Scruggs' parents said their daughter doesn't remember what happened to her.
She knows she "was in a bad accident," said mom Cheryl. "But she can't remember any detail of it at all."
Lauren used a mirror to look at her face for the first time, her dad said. And her response showed promising signs that her old "spunk" was back.
"She looked and she said, 'That's not that bad,'" he told reporters. "So that was really encouraging. You know what, and she still has her beautiful smile."
First word of Lauren's steps came Wednesday morning, when the family of the 23-year-old model and fashion blogger from Dallas updated her condition on her CaringBridge.org page, writing, “Lauren Walks!’’
“This morning, Lauren experienced a victory!’’ the site reads. “Earlier, the physical therapist assisted Lauren in walking for the first time.Story: Parents of injured model: 'She will fight through this'
“Once she got halfway there, she said, '30.' Not sure what she meant, (her family) asked her what that means, she replied, 'Steps!' What a praise, she was counting every step that she took!"
At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Scruggs landed at Aero Country Airport, about 30 miles from Dallas, after flying with a pilot friend to view the Christmas lights in the area. While moving in darkness toward the front of the plane after landing, Scruggs walked into the still-spinning propeller.Video: Injured model’s parents: Lauren ‘is a fighter’ (on this page)
It struck her left side, severing her left hand, fracturing her skull, causing a brain injury and breaking her left collarbone. She also suffered extensive damage to her left eye, which she could still possibly lose.
“The left eye is still non-responsive,’’ the latest CaringBridge page update reads. “The doctors will continue monitoring it for the next few days. Also, please pray her (sic) Lauren as she begins to learn the extent of her injuries and continue to pray away all infections.’’
"She's excelling in physical and occupational therapies," Jeff Scruggs told reporters Thursday. "They're not as concerned about that, but it's more a concern in the cognitive and neurological therapies she's going to need after this."
Video: Model’s first words after accident: ‘I love you’ (on this page)
“She is just a fighter, and she will fight through this,’’ Cheryl Scruggs told Ann Curry in a TODAY interview Tuesday. “She will make it through, and she will use it for good. She’s going to have a tough time when she finds out ... everything that’s happened, and losing her left hand is really a tough thing, but she’ll fight.’’
The plane had landed to pick up another passenger, and her parents believe Lauren was walking toward the front of the plane to thank the pilot, a friend of hers, when she collided with the moving propeller. The pilot could not be reached by NBC for comment, but Scruggs’ parents believe it was an accident and not negligence on the pilot’s part.
Since Lauren will need numerous additional surgeries, according to doctors, her parents have also set up the Lauren Scruggs Hope Fund as a way to raise money to help pay for her medical bills. Donations can be made at any Frost Bank or through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“She’s just going to need a lot of care for a long time,’’ her father said. “More than anything, we just covet your prayers, especially for the next couple weeks.’’
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