The chilling 911 call from the night of Texas model Lauren Scruggs' accident was released by TMZ Friday. The 23-year-old fashion blogger was accidentally hit by a spinning plane propeller and suffered severe injuries to her face, shoulder and left hand.
Scruggs returned from a flight on Dec. 3, 2011, after watching Christmas light displays across Texas. When she climbed out of the two-seater plane at Aero County Airport in McKinney, Texas, she accidentally walked directly into the small plane's propeller and the blade sliced the left side of her face and shoulder and severed her left hand.
A girl walked into an airplane prop, a female caller said in the recording. I need an ambulance immediately... Is that her hand?
In the call, Scruggs is heard wailing and crying in the background as people scramble to follow the 911 dispatcher's instructions to help her.
She's on the ground and she's not moving, the caller said. She was advised not to move Scruggs.
Another caller comes on the line to talk about Scruggs' condition. He claims she was conscious and breathing, but that there was a lot of blood and they could not tell where the blood was coming from on her body.
The dispatcher advises the second caller to keep Scruggs on the ground and not to move her head. Throughout the hectic 911 call, a voice, which seems to be Scruggs', can be heard wailing, moaning and crying.
An emergency crew arrived six minutes later. She was immediately taken by helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Peter Wasserman and Luke Dixon, two paramedics who responded to the accident, claim they had never seen injuries as bad as the ones Scruggs suffered.
I could hear her as soon as I got out of the ambulance, so I was thinking maybe not that bad. ... I mean, hey, she's awake, Wasserman told ABC News. Then we got over there and saw the extent of her injuries. It was one of those things that kind of just takes your breath away.
When they brought her to the hospital by medical helicopter, they say they were unsure if she would survive. Wasserman claims the paramedics began to pray as soon as they saw her injuries.
We knew her airway was OK, she was talking to us, answering our questions, Dixon said. So it went to immediately to controlling her bleeding. That was our number one priority in trying to stabilize her.
We honestly didn't expect her to survive, he continued. The extent of her injuries, the lacerations she had to her head, the skull fracture. ... We thought for sure there would be significant brain damage. I was praying as soon as I got there.
A preliminary report on the plane propeller accident involving Scruggs was released from the National Transportation Safety Board. The report indicates that although the pilot did leave the propeller running as Scruggs exited the plane, he told her to walk behind the plane rather than in front of it, the report claims.
[The pilot] opened the door on the right side of the airplane expecting a friend to come out and assist his passenger in deplaning. After he opened the door, the passenger started to get out of the airplane, the report states.
Upon noticing that she was exiting in front of the strut, the pilot leaned out of his seat and placed his right hand and arm in front of her to divert her away from the front of the airplane and the propeller. He continued to keep his arm extended and told the passenger that she should walk behind the airplane, it continued.
Scruggs, however, appears to have continued forward and was hit by the plane's propeller. Following multiple surgeries, Scruggs' face and shoulder have been reconstructed, but surgeons were forced to amputate her hand and remove her left eye.
Although the Texas blogger is slowly recovering from the accident, she has been experiencing severe pain. Doctors continue to encourage Scruggs, explaining that she has had a miraculous recovery and is progressing well considering her circumstances.
Prior to her accident, Scruggs was the Editor-in-Chief for an online fashion magazine, Lolo Magazine. She had also worked as a part-time model and in the wardrobe department of the CW television Show, Gossip Girl. She recently interviewed Twilight star Kellan Lutz for New York Fashion Week.
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