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Video: 911 tapes released in injured model case

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    >>> now for a difficult recovery for a texas model when she walked into a plane's still spinning propeller. this week's video surfaced of lauren scruggs for the first time since her accident and the 911 call. we must warn you, some of what you're about to hear is disturbing. more now from nbc's janet sham lean leanne.

    >> reporter: the first pictures of lauren scruggs shows just how far this young woman has kilometer. the 23-year-old is with her family but she walks without help and seems relaxed. a patch covers her left side of her face where she lost an eye and a jacket sleeve is pulled down over her left arm . lauren 's hand was severed in the early december accident. now the 911 call and the frantic moments afterhave been released.

    >>> a girl walked into an airplane prop. i need an ambulance immediately.

    >> where are you at, ma'am?

    >> reporter: the dispatcher presses for details.

    >> was it moving when it happened?

    >> yes. i think it cut her hand off.

    >> reporter: as an ambulance heads to the scene, more questions on lauren 's condition.

    >> is she conscious?

    >> yes.

    >> she is. is she breathing?

    >> yes.

    >> reporter: the unidentified man says lauren is somewhat responsive but he can't tell how badly or where exactly she's hurt because she's face down, but he adds she's trying to turn other.

    >> do you want me to let her turn over ?

    >> is she trying to?

    >> she's trying to.

    >> okay. we don't want to hurt her any further than she is.

    >> i agree.

    >> reporter: moments later the ambulance arrives and the call is other. lauren 's mother cheryl has been blogging about her daughter's row coverry on a site that has more than a million hits. despite these pictures showing a healthy looking lauren , cheryl wrote thursday, i thought deeply about lo, especially after the toughest week we've had yet. a strong road to recovery still ahead taken by lauren and her family a step

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Lauren Scruggs, a 23-year-old Dallas-area model and fashion blogger, accidentally walked into a spinning plane-propeller in the darkness following a flight to view Christmas lights in the Dallas area.
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updated 1/21/2012 11:25:33 AM ET 2012-01-21T16:25:33

Recounted in chilling detail where minutes seem like hours, the 911 call from the aftermath of the plane propeller accident that nearly killed Lauren Scruggs has been made public.

Only days after a rehabilitating Scruggs was seen publicly for the first time since the incident, TMZ.com posted the audio Friday of a 911 call filled with graphic and intense details of the immediate aftermath of her accident on Dec. 3. Scruggs, a 23-year-old Dallas-area model and fashion blogger, accidentally walked into a spinning plane-propeller in darkness following a flight to view Christmas lights in the Dallas area. Her left hand was immediately severed and her left eye was damaged so severely it later had to be removed. She also suffered brain and shoulder injuries.

Story: First photos emerge since injured model’s accident

“A girl walked into an airplane prop,’’ a frantic female caller tells the 911 operator at 8:48 p.m. “I need an ambulance immediately.’’

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Speaking to another person nearby at the scene, the caller then asks, “Is that her hand? I think it cut her hand off.’’

Video: First photos of model hurt by propeller (on this page)

After the caller relays to the operator that Scruggs is on the ground and not moving, she hands the phone to a male caller. The new caller notes that Scruggs is conscious and breathing. The caller is then asked where specifically she is injured or bleeding.

“We don’t know, we haven’t turned her over,’’ he says. “I don’t know where else she’s hurt.’’

Story: Injured model Lauren Scruggs makes first outing

As the operator tries to get more details about the situation, Scruggs can be heard moaning and wailing in agony in the background.

The operator urges someone at the scene to get clean towels to apply pressure to the area where Scruggs was bleeding. However, she is face down on the ground and the operator instructs the caller not to move her because of a possible head or neck injury, so those gathered around are not able to determine the exact spot of the bleeding other than that it appears to be coming from part of her head.

At the end of the call at 8:54 p.m., members of the local fire department and emergency personnel arrive and transport her to a local hospital.

Video: Report says pilot not at fault for model’s injury (on this page)

Since that horrific night, Scruggs has made encouraging progress. On Tuesday, she was photographed while leaving her rehabilitation center in Dallas, walking without assistance and appearing relaxed with her blonde hair tucked under a Dallas Cowboys hat. She had a white patch concealing the removal of her left eye as a result of the accident, and had her jacket pulled down over her left arm.

“I don’t know how to thank each one of you, properly, for so much love during this difficult incident in my life,’’ Scruggs wrote on her blog on Jan. 9. “My heart is so grateful beyond what I could ever imagine. So thank you dearly for the sweet encouragements, the precious words in letters and messages, the beautiful grace in pretty presents, but mostly I am so SO thankful for you and your loving hearts and sweet spirits.’’

Her family has also regularly updated her progress on the site CaringBridge.org, which has received more than a million views on the page dedicated to Scruggs.

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