12/06/2011 at 10:00 AM EST
Lauren Scruggs, the fashion model and blogger who suffered severe injuries – including losing her hand
– in a propeller accident over the weekend, has regained her ability to speak as she recovers from several emergency surgeries, according to her family.
"Lauren spoke!," a family representative posted Monday evening on the website Caring Bridge
. "To the doctors and her family's delight, Lauren said a few words this afternoon. When they asked her what her name is, she replied, 'Lauren.' What a blessing!"
Scruggs, 23, was also able to tell her parents she loved them, according to the post.
Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs appeared on Good Morning America
Tuesday morning to talk about their daughter's recovery.
"Yesterday was a good day. There was a lot of really positive progress," Jeff Scruggs said, during the interview
. "It's so encouraging to us. She's really uncomfortable, as you can imagine."
"They're telling us it's going to be a long recovery," he added. "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."
Scruggs's mother, Cheryl, was at the private airport in McKinney, Texas, where the accident occurred, ABC reports.
"I was inside, and someone came in and told me she had gotten hit," Cheryl Scruggs told Good Morning America
. "I was there until the care flight got there. ... 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."
Jeff Scruggs said he believes Lauren, who had been flying around Dallas in the two-seater plane to look at Christmas lights, went to the front of the plane to thank the pilot and walked into the propeller after she didn't see it spinning in the dark.
"It sounds like this is a combination of a bad procedure by the pilot and the passenger not properly realizing her proximity," aviation consultant John Nance said, according to ABC. "One of the things I'd have to look at is why in the world a pilot permitted a passenger to board or de-board while a propeller was turning."