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Lauren Scruggs, who was badly injured in a Dec. 3 plane propeller accident, has lost her left eye.
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updated 12/15/2011 7:43:57 AM ET 2011-12-15T12:43:57

Injured model Lauren Scruggs has lost her left eye, her family has confirmed.

The model, who has been walking and talking since her devastating plane-propeller accident, underwent a surgery Wednesday afternoon, during which surgeons removed the eye.

Her family has been providing updates on the website CaringBridge.org; they posted the news on Wednesday evening, writing that the procedure “consisted of removing her left eye, which included nerves.’’

Though the news is a disappointment — the family had initially hoped the eye could be salvaged — surgery "went as planned" and “unbelievably well,’’ they wrote. Scruggs will now wear a prosthesis, which will be "part of our journey and the healing process," wrote the family, to replace the eye, which was badly damaged in the Dec. 3 accident.

Story: Lauren smiles: Injured model reaches new milestone

The 23-year-old model and fashion blogger suffered lacerations to her face, a fractured skull and a severed left hand when she walked into a still-spinning propeller at Aero Country Airport, about 30 miles from Dallas. She was moving in the darkness toward the front of the plane — possibly to thank the pilot, who was a friend of hers. Within a week of the accident she was able to walk and talk, but is in severe pain.

Story: Injured model walks, sees own face for the first time

Doctors had to take her off pain medication for the surgery on Wednesday afternoon. “Along with the pain she was already experiencing with her arm and shoulder injuries, the removal of the left (eye) is also very painful,’’ the family wrote on CaringBridge.

The deeply religious family is also praying for Scruggs to regain her appetite.

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    >>> miraculous recovery of a texas woman who accidentally walked into a plane's still spinning propeller. natalie 's here with the latest on this story. hey, natalie .

    >> good morning, ann. it's been a little over a week after that accident and it is still touch-and-go for the 23-year-old model, but new details are emerging that suggest lauren scruggs is well on the road to recovery.

    >> wanted to let you know that we are starting a pumpkin carving contest on "lolo" magazine.

    >> reporter: just ten days after the propeller accident that left her critically injured, aspiring model and fashionista lauren scruggs is showing remarkable signs of recovery. on monday, her family posted a new blog entry online with hopeful news, saying " praise the lord , lauren 's pain is much more manageable today!" "she has been eating some of her favorite foods today, sweet potatoes and hard boiled eggs!" and probably the most encouraging news yet, her deeply religious parents write, " lauren was able to walk on her own today, such a miracle!"

    >> i am lauren scruggs with "lolo" mag.

    >> reporter: the 23-year-old fashion blogger has a passion for flying. a week ago saturday, she flew over dallas in a single-engine plane with a friend to see christmas lights around the city. but as she exited the plane, she accidentally walked into the still spinning propeller. lauren suffered a number of critical injuries. her left hand was severed. she has a skull fracture, a brain injury , a broken collar bone, and she may still lose her left eye .

    >> she's got her spunk back, her personality.

    >> yeah, her personality.

    >> she's smiling. her face, you know, she's able to raise both eyebrows.

    >> yeah.

    >> that doesn't sound like a big deal , but they were worried about the nerve on one side.

    >> reporter: friends and neighbors have rallied around lauren . over the weekend, they raised nearly $15,000 to help pay her extensive medical bills.

    >> most are just our regular customers, would come in and they have thrown money in the bucket.

    >> reporter: lauren 's facebook page and blog are full of well wishes from friends and strangers around the world, praying for her recovery.

    >> we're just seeing an outpouring from across the country and also across the world. we're getting e-mails from everywhere, and we just really appreciate all that everyone's doing for us, from prayers and donations.

    >> and while lauren is making progress, she still has a long way to go. she's working with a physical therapist now to improve her strength, and doctors are still not sure if she'll regain the use of her left eye , ann.

    >> all right, natalie . thank you


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