American model loses hand, suffers horrific injuries from plane propeller after flight
Published 07/12/2011 | 13:06
AN AMERICAN model suffered horrific injuries when she walked into the propeller of a small plane as she went to thank the pilot for the Christmas flight.
Fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs (23) suffered severe head injuries and had to have her left hand amputated.
The accident happened as the former wardrobe assistant on Gossip Girl was leaving the flight at a private airport in Dallas on Saturday night.
The propeller sliced her face and shoulder as well as almost severing her hand which was later amputated by surgeons.
She had taken the flight with a friend to get an ariel view of the Christmas lights in Dallas, Texas.
The extent of any brain damage is not yet known and she may have permanently lost the sight of her left eye, America’s ABC News reported.
It was a really horrible accident," her father Jeff Scruggs told Good Morning America.
"I've been told she got out of the plane afterwards. And I'm guessing she went up to thank the pilot.
"She would have been grateful for him taking her up to see the Christmas lights around Dallas.
"They're telling us it's going to be a long recovery.
"Obviously she's had a lot of trauma to her head, and she lost her left hand and her left eye is questionable. "We're praying she'll regain her sight."
Her mother Cheryl said she was inside the airport when Lauren was hit by the propeller.
"I was there until the care flight got there," Mrs Scruggs said.
"I was just able to hold her and … that's the toughest part of it all, just seeing her waiting there and waiting for the help.
"All I could do was tell her that I love her."
Mrs Scruggs told the US Today show that Lauren was a fighter.
"She will make it through, and she will use it for good.
"She's going to have a tough time when she finds out … everything that's happened, and losing her left hand is really a tough thing, but she'll fight."
People magazine reported that Lauren, who is editor of the online Lolo Magazine, was able to tell the medical team her name.