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Lauren Scruggs, the fashion journalist severely injured when she walked into an aircraft propeller after viewing Christmas lights, has lost her left eye from the accident, family members say.
Scruggs' mother, Cheryl Scruggs, emailed reporters Wednesday night to say her daughter had undergone surgery to remove the eye and insert a prosthesis.
"By the grace of our Lord Jesus, Lauren is recovering remarkably well, given the circumstances," the email said. "The doctors are VERY pleased with her progress. However, she is in excruciating pain; we ask you to continue to pray and ask God to relieve it. Please pray for her appetite to return and for her to have the patience to take this journey one day at a time."
Scruggs, 23, suffered a severed hand, a fractured skull and other injuries Dec. 3 in McKinney. She had just gotten off a small plane that toured North Texas for a viewing of Christmas lights.
Scruggs had spent the last few years building up her name in the fashion industry, traveling to New York and Paris. She started an online fashion magazine when she was barely 23. She called it LOLO, after her nickname.
Her family is collecting donations to help offset Scruggs' medical bills. Information and continuous updates on her condition can be found here.