— A little over a month since Lauren Scruggs was injured by a moving airplane propeller, the 23-year-old model ventured outside for the first time this week.
Her mother, Cheryl Scruggs, wrote about the trip Wednesday on CaringBridge.org, the site the family uses to post updates about Lauren’s remarkable recovery. “She and I made our first adventure, the other day, to one of our favorite places, Whole Foods!” her mom wrote.
“We had many complete strangers stop us, with tears in their eyes, saying they have been praying for Lo and for our family. Many have told us how the accident has them seriously thinking about how important God needs to be in their lives, or how it has helped them refocus where they have gotten off track in their spiritual walk,” she continued.
The deeply religious family has received an outpouring of support since Lauren’s accident. A benefit event in December raised about $10,000 for the Lauren Scruggs Hope Fund and has continued to receive donations online to help defray the cost of her medical bills.
“Isn't this what life is all about?” Cheryl wrote, moved by the unexpected showing of support.
Lauren was surrounded by loved ones over the holidays and start of the New Year, as she and her family adjust to what they refer to as “the ‘new norm’, for now” in an update from January 1.
“The one thing that hit me hard today, was Lo's sweet spirit when she said, ‘Dad. Mom. What can I do to make things easier on you.’ Hard to believe she was concerned about our comfort in the midst of all she is facing,” the post continues.
The fashion blogger, affectionately known as “Lo,” has made great strides since accidentally walking into a still-spinning propeller on December 3 as she walked to the front of the plane in the dark to thank her pilot friend, Curt Richmond, for the flight to see Christmas lights in the Dallas area.
The accident severed her left hand, resulted in shoulder and head injuries, and eventually caused the removal of her left eye. In the month since the accident, the creator of LoLo Magazine has hit a number of milestones in her recovery. She is walking, talking, dressing herself, eating her favorite foods and doing numerous other activities on her own as she undergoes rehabilitation at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.