Fashion model and online blogger Lauren Scruggs, 23, had her left eye removed following a plane propeller accident on Dec. 3. Surgeons removed Scruggs' left eye Wednesday afternoon after it failed to be responsive during her recovery.
The surgery consisted of removing her left eye, which included nerves. The doctors were excited about the surgery and said everything went as planned and unbelievably well, a statement from her family said on Caring Bridge.
Despite problems with her left eye, Scruggs' miraculous recovery has been relatively smooth. It seems she is recovering successfully after suffering near-fatal injuries to her face, left shoulder and left hand. She has excelled at physical therapy according to her father. The 23-year-old model has also been able to eat, walk, smile, and speak short phrases.
Nonetheless, Scruggs suffers pain throughout her body.
Along with the pain she was already experiencing with her arm and shoulder injuries, the removal of the left eye is also very painful. We are asking again for prayer to relieve this pain, and also, as we have posted previously, pray for Lo to regain her appetite. This is crucial for her body to heal quickly, the statement continued.
Scruggs had been returning from a flight to see the Christmas lights across her state when she climbed out of the two-seater plane at Aero County Airport in McKinney, Texas late Saturday. 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. She was immediately taken by Care flight helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
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, Peter Wasserman, a paramedic who rushed to the scene, 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.
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.
Following multiple surgeries immediately after the accident, Scruggs' face and shoulder have been reconstructed, but surgeons were forced to amputate her hand. Scruggs has now also lost her eye and will need a prosthetic replacement.
Scruggs is the Editor-in-Chief for an online fashion magazine, Lolo Magazine. She has 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.