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Lauren Scruggs Loses Left Eye

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Dec. 15 2011, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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By Neil Woulfe - Senior News Director

Lauren Scruggs has lost her left eye in wake of walking into a spinning plane propeller, her family has confirmed.

The model/fashion blogger, 23, underwent an operation Wednesday afternoon in a Dallas, Texas hospital during which surgeons removed her eye.

Her family posted an update on her condition on the website Wednesday night. In it, they said  the procedure “consisted of removing her left eye, which included nerves.’’

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Here is the statement in its entirety:

“Over this last week, we have been praying for a miracle for the healing of Lo's left eye.

“We are thankful for all of the strong and powerful prayers for this and the surgery today. 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.

“We believe Jesus has answered our prayers for this miracle through the prosthesis for her eye, which will be a part of our journey and the healing process.

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“Along with the pain she was already experiencing with her arm and shoulder injuries, the removal of the left 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.”

As has previously reported, Scruggs suffered serious facial injuries, a fractured skull and a severed left hand when she walked into the spinning propeller of a small plane at Aero Country Airport, some 30 miles from Dallas.

She had just finished viewing Christmas lights at night, and her family believes she may have turned back to thank the pilot.

Although her injuries are severe, Scruggs has been able to walk and talk since the accident; she’s also been eating solid foods.


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