— Model Lauren Scruggs stepped out last week in her Dallas, Texas hometown Thursday with her new prosthetic eye visible for the first time.
Scruggs, 23, was fitted with her new left eye in early February, continuing her amazing rebound from injuries suffered Dec. 3 when she walked in front of the still-whirring propeller of an Aviat Husky plane shortly after it touched down. Scruggs had been taking a tour of the Christmas lights around Dallas.
The accident ravaged the left side of her body — Scruggs suffered a fractured skull, brain injuries, a broken collarbone and lost her left eye and left hand. But she's once again engaging in the world.
Scruggs has returned to blogging on LoLo, her online fashion magazine, and earlier this month tweeted pictures of herself wearing sunglasses, joined by friends and family at a Colorado ski-jumping competition.
The day after Lauren was seen outside the gym, her grateful mother Cheryl took to the family's blog at CaringBridge.org to write about her daughter's healing.
"Physically, she's getting stronger!" Cheryl Scruggs wrote on Friday. "She received a remarkable neurological report last week! We are all working hard through the grief and the ups and downs of something so painful and horrific."
Next, Lauren will be fitted with a prosthetic arm. "We have had some big time belly laughs," noted her mother, adding that there are time when Lauren is "just plain angry and frustrated."
"We...know that at times she feels like her world is caving in, when she grieves that her life is changed forever," wrote Cheryl Scruggs on the site, where well-wishers can leave messages and donate to a medical care fund. "It's when she has a harder time doing things that it hurts. It's when we feel helpless when she's hurting that it hurts.
"It crushes us, but we call on God in these moments. We know that the Spirit helps us on our weakness."