12:14 PM EDT 07/11/2014
Originally posted 11/14/2012 05:00PM
Last December, Lauren Scruggs accidentally walked into a spinning plane propeller and lost her left hand and eye, among other injuries. Since then, she's made an amazing physical recovery.
Even more astounding? Her perspective on what's happened.
"It's kind of weird to say, but I wouldn't trade it," Scruggs, 24, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. "I have seen it as a miracle. I've been through a lot but I'm living."
Originally posted 08/09/2012 09:05AM
Lauren Scruggs, looking sunny and admitting to being happy to be off her pain medicines since January, is "learning to live by faith and not by sight," she said in her first TV interview Thursday.
Positive attitude aside, she did admit to having some "difficult days" emotionally, "accepting the loss of my eye and hand."
"It's good to be out in public," the fashion blogger and model, 24, told Savannah Guthrie on Thursday's Today show, "letting people know I'm OK." (Editor's note: If you're on a desktop, click through above to see five new photos of Scruggs.)
Of her accident, in which she walked into a spinning airplane propeller while climbing out of a two-seater plane at a private airport in McKinney, Texas, last Dec. 3, "I remember my feet touching the ground, getting out of the plane," she said. "That's all I remember."
Originally posted 04/06/2012 09:30AM
It's been four months since fashion blogger and model Lauren Scruggs accidentally walked into a spinning plane propeller, leaving her with devastating injuries.
Scruggs, 23, lost her left eye and hand (among other injuries) as a result, but on Friday, her father said she's the same young woman she was before the accident.
Despite concerns about brain damage, "She has the same spunk, her same personality," Lauren's father, Jeff Scruggs told Katie Couric on Good Morning America Friday.
And luckily, Lauren does not appear to remember the actual accident. "All she remembers," says Jeff, "is getting out of that plane."
Originally posted 03/28/2012 08:45AM
Despite previously reporting that Lauren Scruggs rejected a $200,000 settlement offer from the insurance company for the plane that severely injured her last December, PEOPLE received a statement from the fashion blogger and model's lawyer indicating that negotiations are still ongoing.
"Attorneys for Ms. Scruggs wish to clarify that she neither accepted nor rejected the insurance company's offer," the statement reads, in part.
As part of the negotiations, Scruggs, 23, who lost her left hand and eye after being struck by the plane's propeller, asked the court to define the term "passenger" as outlined in the insurance policy.
Originally posted 03/27/2012 12:30PM
Lauren Scruggs is seeking damages from the insurer of the airplane that severely injured her. The fashion blogger and model, 23, lost her left hand and eye after being struck by an airplane propeller in December.
Scruggs rejected a $200,000 settlement offer and sued the insurer of the plane, Courthouse News Service reports (via the Houston Chronicle.
The plane was insured by Aggressive Insurance Services and piloted by defendant Curt Richmond. The settlement offer was based on the definition of "passenger" in the insurance policy (the term is defined as "any person other than the pilot, who is is in the aircraft or getting in or out of it," according to Scruggs's complaint, reports the Courthouse News Service).
Originally posted 03/07/2012 03:00PM
Three months after losing a hand and an eye following a plane propeller accident, fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs is slowly but surely rebuilding her life.
"She's taking one day at a time, but she finds it hard to be patient at times," Scruggs's mother, Cheryl, posted Tuesday on Lauren's Caring Bridge website. "She wants to 'sprint' through this ordeal. And frankly we do too."
Though Lauren's recovery may be testing her patience, the 23-year-old has made remarkable strides since the accident. Last month, she took a vacation in Colorado, only a couple of weeks after she was fitted for a prosthetic eye.
Originally posted 02/14/2012 12:00PM
Surrounded by friends and looking like she's enjoying herself, Lauren Scruggs posed for pictures while on her first vacation since her December accident.
The model and fashion blogger, 23, Tweeted the photos – taken in Steamboat Springs, Colo. – last Saturday. (On Tuesday, she Tweeted the message, "Happy Valentine's Day!!")
The weekend marked the first time Scruggs has shared photos of herself since the incident that cost her her left eye and hand, notes the Today show.
"Such a fun weekend with family and friends :)" she Tweeted. Another shot shows her and twin sister Brittany dressed for the weather and sporting sunglasses. Lauren's shades cover the prosthetic eye she received about two weeks ago.
Originally posted 02/02/2012 12:55PM
Lauren Scruggs reached a recovery milestone on Saturday. After losing her left eye and hand following a plane propeller accident Dec. 3, the fashion blogger was fitted for a prosthetic eye with her family by her side.
"She was fitted and measured. The ocularist carefully painted and shaped the new eye," Cheryl Scruggs wrote on her daughter's Caring Bridge website Thursday.
It was an "all day process," adds Cheryl, and "by 5 p.m., it was done, and her new eye was in place. It is beautiful. Thank you God for providing."
Originally posted 01/19/2012 02:35PM
Shortly after the first photos of Lauren Scruggs since her propeller accident appeared online, the fashion blogger and model received a message from a well-known fan.
"Inspired by you @Lauren Scruggs," Giuliana Rancic Tweeted on Wednesday evening. "You will come out of this stronger w/more meaning to ur life."
Rancic can relate to Scruggs (who lost her left eye and left hand after the accident) following her double mastectomy in December.
"Your spirit is inspiring," Rancic, 37, continued. "Praying for u:)"
Originally posted 01/19/2012 09:15AM
Six weeks after her horrific plane accident, model Lauren Scruggs greeted her parents Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs and her twin sister Brittany on Tuesday outside the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas – and was seen laughing and joking with them and looking just great, as evidenced in photos shown Thursday on ABC's Good Morning America.
Wearing a baseball cap and workout gear, Lauren was flashing a smile and hugging her father, with her eye patch and empty sleeve the only signs of what she lost when she walked into a airplane propeller after a Christmas lights sightseeing trip over Dallas.
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