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Dec152011

Injured Model Has Left Eye Removed

ABC News(DALLAS) -- Lauren Scruggs is recovering Thursday after undergoing surgery to remove her left eye that was damaged when she accidentally walked into the propeller of a small plane 10 days ago.

Doctors at Dallas' Parkland Hospital, where the model and fashion blogger has been treated since the Dec. 3 accident, successfully replaced her damaged left eye with a prosthesis in the surgery on Wednesday.

"We are thankful for all of the strong and powerful prayers for this and the surgery today," Scruggs' family wrote on the website they created in her name at Caringbridge.com.

"The surgery consisted of removing her left eye, which included nerves. The doctors were excited about the surgery and said everything went as planned and unbelievably well," said the family.

Wednesday's surgery comes amid a week of progress for Scruggs, 23, of Plano, Texas, who accidentally walked into the propeller of a small plane after viewing Christmas lights above Dallas Dec. 3. The propeller sliced into her face and shoulder and severed her left hand.

On Monday the family announced that Scruggs had begun eating solid foods, including her favorites like sweet potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, and walking the hospital's hallways.

Her parents called her progress "a miracle."

The Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate the accident.

The pilot who flew Scruggs above Dallas to view Christmas lights, Kurt Richmond of Frisco, Texas, has not answered repeated requests for an interview. ABC News has learned that the Scruggs family does not blame Richmond for the accident.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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