A 23-year-old model and fashion blogger is clinging to life today, having suffered horrific injuries after walking into a spinning airplane propeller over the weekend.
Lauren Scruggs had gone with a friend for a private flight Saturday night to view Dallas Christmas lights from the sky. While exiting the plane, Scruggs walked directly into the spinning propeller and the blades sliced the left side of her face and severed her left hand. Scruggs's emotional parents spoke with "Good Morning America" Tuesday:
Prior to their interview, ABC did a report on the freak accident:
After the accident, Scruggs was rushed by helicopter to the hospital were she underwent several surgeries over the weekend and is now stable at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Lauren's father told "Good Morning America" of his daughter's condition:
'Yesterday was a good day, there was a lot of really positive progress,' Jeff Scruggs, Lauren's father, said on 'Good Morning America' Tuesday. 'They took out her tube in the afternoon. She didn't speak right away … I said Lauren will you say "hi" to Daddy, and she goes, "hi." Later she told one of Cheryl's sisters that she loved her. So that was so so encouraging to us that she started speaking yesterday.'
While it was dark out when she exited the plane, investigators are still not yet sure what caused Scruggs to walk into the propeller. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.
"To the doctors and her family's delight, Lauren said a few words this afternoon," a Scruggs family member wrote Monday evening on the CaringBridge website. "We pray that her brain will continue to heal and have full restoration!"
Fox News reports doctors have told the family it will be a long road to recovery due to the nature of Lauren's injuries.
“The most important thing is that she loves the lord, but besides that, she’s a fun-loving, gregarious, outgoing young lady that’s never met a stranger,” her father said Tuesday. “She would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it.”
Scruggs, who lives in Plano, Texas, is the editor of the online fashion magazine LOLO and has also worked in the costume department of the show "Gossip Girl."
The Lolo Magazine Team wrote on their website Tuesday, "On behalf of Lauren, we would like to say thank you for all of your kind wishes and prayers. "