UPDATE--Tues. Dec. 6, 2011---Dallas Texas--- The parents of Lauren Scruggs spoke with Ann Curry of NBC's Today show about the extent of her injuries and how she and the family are coping.
“It’s going to be several weeks before they know for sure what is going to happen with the eye,’’ her father Jeff said. “They operated on her two days ago just on the eye for over six hours, which we saw as a good thing, and we’re just praying that she comes through with that.”
Initial reports focused on the loss of her left hand but as Jeff said, all concerned are worried that she might lose her left eye as well. The Scruggs directed interested parties to their site on caringbridge.org for updates on Lauren's condition. Original story follows:
Scruggs, 23 who resides in Plano, Texas was reported to have exited a light aircraft upon arrival from a trip to view Christmas lights, reported the local Dallas/Fort Worth Fox television affiliate.
Scruggs was getting out of the plane and another passenger was going to get in the passenger seat for another flight when the accident happened, according to the Collin County Sheriff's Office.
She suffered injuries to the left side of her body including her head, face, hand and shoulder, with the damage so severe to her hand that it was amputated in surgery, performed at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
The Federal Aviation Administration is performing an investigation into the accident. There were no reports of any other injuries to passengers or the pilot of the aircraft.
According to KDFW-4 Dallas-Fort Worth, "The plane is a two-seater 2011 Aviat Husky A-1C-180 (similar to the A-1B, above), according to the FAA registration website. Its registration status is listed as "in question," possibly having been recently purchased.
Scruggs, runs the fashion website, LOLO.com. She describes herself on the website as a California girl raised in Texas. "Traveling is always at the forefront of my mind. i adore exploring different cultures and expanding my horizons!
My love for fashion has been tightly sewn through interning in wardrobe for gossip girl, the Michael Kors showroom, and reporting for New York, Paris, and Montreal fashion weeks."
Scruggs' family set up a site with news about her condition at caringbridge.org. The latest entries inform visitors that Lauren underwent is by no means out of the woods yet.
"Following multiple surgeries, Lauren has received facial and shoulder reconstruction, as well as the loss of her hand. We are currently praying for healing on the left eye and brain. She is in stable condition with ongoing surgery."
Her family noted that Lauren awakened on Monday morning to learn of her accident. Her twin sister Brittany delivered the news which Lauren reportedly acknowledged by squeezing her sister's hand.
On her LOLO.com site she posted recent video footage of her interview with Twilight star Kellan Lutz. It is posted directly below.
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