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Did you see Scott Stump’s story on Today.com?
By Scott Stump
While Lauren Scruggs continued to make a remarkable recovery after colliding with an airplane propeller, a large group of supporters gathered Tuesday night to raise money for her medical bills and speak about her indomitable spirit.
The 23-year-old model and fashion blogger from the Dallas area had her left hand severed, suffered shoulder and head injuries, and eventually had her left eye removed by a team of 15 doctors after accidentally walking in darkness into a still-spinning plane propeller on Dec. 3. She had been taking a trip with a pilot friend, Curt Richmond, to see Christmas lights in the Dallas area and was believed to be moving to the front of the plane to thank him when she walked into the propeller.
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In just over three weeks since the accident, the girl affectionately known as “Lo’’ is already walking, talking, eating her favorite foods and doing numerous other activities on her own as she undergoes a painful rehabilitation process at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Her family has been regularly updating her progress on the site CaringBridge.org.
“Lo is making remarkable strides!’’ her mother, Cheryl Scruggs, wrote on Monday. “Her spirit is incredible. She’s positive, hungry and cheery! Her appetite is very healthy, even though she is still taking lots of pain medication.’’
A benefit was held Tuesday night at Sambucca 360 in Plano, Texas, for the Lauren Scruggs Hope Fund, which has been set up by her family to help defray the cost of her medical bills. The final figure has not been tallied yet, but so far at least $10,000 was raised from the event, which featured a silent auction with items donated by local businesses.
“Lauren is doing amazingly well,’’ one female attendee told NBC News. “I call her this little spunky firecracker.’’
“Very strong,’’ another attendee said. “Always positive. You just instantly fall in love with her.’’
Scruggs spent Christmas surrounded by loved ones, including her twin sister, Brittany, who wore matching pajamas with Lauren on Christmas Eve. Brittany can literally feel her sister’s pain, according to their mother.
“Being twins, and having a bond that most never understand, Britt’s left eye has been twitching for the last 4-5 days every 30 seconds or so,’’ Cheryl Scruggs wrote on CaringBridge.org. “She knows it’s because of the deep connection she and Lo have, and God allowing her to go through this with her at the ‘twin’ level.’’
Four days before Christmas, the creator of LoLo Magazine who once worked as a stylist on “Gossip Girl’’ hit more milestones in her recovery. She was able to make her own scrambled eggs, dress herself, brush her teeth, comb her hair and shower on her own, her mother wrote.
HollywoodLife.com reports that Lauren Scruggs’ doctors want to make sure she isn’t ‘exposed to virus’ while she recovers. Lauren, the 23-year-old model whose face and hand were slashed when she walked into the propeller of a two-seater prop plane Dec. 3, is currently recovering in the ICU of Dallas’ Parkland Hospital — but a new update from her family reveals she is no longer accepting visitors.
“Due to the risk of infection, there will be NO VISITATION until further notice,” reads a message on Lauren’s CaringBridge page. “This is a critical time, and we can not risk Lauren being exposed to virus.”
Lauren’s family is “more than thankful and overwhelmed with the support shown through visitation at the hospital.” They encourage well-wishers to continue to support Lauren through prayer, and will update us all when visitors are welcome again.
“She is making progress,” a friend of Lauren’s told HollywoodLife.com on Dec. 6. “But it is a long road ahead. It is such a tragedy. She is SO beautiful inside and out.”
To read more and see pictures of Lauren please click on Lauren Scruggs update
Lauren Scruggs lost her left hand and suffered eye, shoulder and head injuries when she was hit by a plane propeller. The 23-year-old editor of LoLoMag.com had just stepped off an Aviat Husky A-1 C-180 when the accident happened. She had been on a flight to see Christmas lights on Saturday night before walking into the propeller.