Lauren Scruggs Smiles for First Time After Propeller Accident

Lauren Scruggs, Injured Model, Can Now Smile
Lauren Scruggs

updated 12/11/2011 at 03:55 PM EST

originally published 12/11/2011 03:55PM

A week after model/blogger Lauren Scruggs was severely injured in a propeller accident, she can now smile, raise her eyebrows, drink juice and eat a small amount.

"Such a miracle!" says an update Saturday on her CaringBridge.org site.

"She walked up and down the hall 3 times today with the help of a physical therapist," says the site. "The doctors are all very pleased with her progress."





The 23-year-old lost her left hand and underwent several emergency surgeries on her face and shoulder after she accidentally walked into a spinning airplane propeller in Texas.

Despite the early encouraging signs of progress, her family spokesperson tells PEOPLE she still faces a long recovery period.

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