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Dec132011

Lauren Scruggs Tragedy: Injured Model Now Eating, Walking on Own

ABC News(DALLAS) -- For the first time since Lauren Scruggs walked into the spinning propeller of a plane, the 23-year-old model and fashion blogger is now eating solid foods and walking the hallways of a Dallas hospital on her own in what her parents have called "a miracle."

Scruggs of Plano, Texas, 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.

She is now able to eat some of her favorite foods again, including sweet potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, her father said.

"It's just a miracle to see the progress that she's been making," Jeff Scruggs said. "She's got her spunk back, her personality."

Her father and friends have been posting updates on Scruggs' recovery at CaringBridge.com, and the latest blog indicates that she is now able to walk on her own. She was first able to walk down a hall last week with the help of a physical therapist, according to her family.

Although she is more alert and talking now, doctors at Dallas' Parkland Hospital remain concerned she might still lose her left eye, but are pleased with the healing of her facial nerves.

Although she still has a long way to go, Scruggs is now taking her own steps down the road to recovery. Her family has set up a donation fund for her, and donations can be made at any Frost Bank to the Lauren Scruggs Hope Fund.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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