Entries in Injury (4)


Iowa Man Trapped by Tree Rescued Just in Time

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LUCAS, Iowa) -- An Iowa man is expected to make a full recovery after a giant pine tree fell on him in an isolated part of a forest.

David Blair, a lumberjack, was trimming trees near Lucas, Iowa, in Stephens State Forest when a tree fell on his stomach Monday.

Pinned and alone in the 15,000-acre park, he had his cellphone in his hand and was able to dial for help.

“Lucas County 911,” the Lucas County Sheriff’s dispatcher said.

“I’m in Stephens Forest and I got a tree on top of me and I can’t get out,” Blair said.  “Hurry, I can’t feel nothing.”

Blair’s moans could be heard over the telephone as he could barely breathe with the tree trunk crushing his abdomen.  Still, he was giving directions to the dispatcher on his location in the huge forest.

“OK, so if I go in on Highway 65 and keep going to the bridge and stay to the right?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yeah, all the way down you’ll find me. I just dropped …,” Blair said.

“You just dropped what?” the dispatcher asked right before the line went dead.

What Blair had dropped was his phone but firefighters still spotted him gasping to stay alive.

“There were three or four guys who were able to lift the tree off of him and then they were able to gently pull him out to safety…,” firefighter Steve Davis said.

Blair is reportedly in serious condition, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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Parents Speak Out After Model's Propeller Accident

Courtesy Caring Bridge(NEW YORK) -- The parents of model and fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs said on Tuesday that their daughter is responsive and making a slow recovery after she suffered severe injuries from accidentally walking into the propeller of a small plane.

Scruggs, from Plano, Texas, edits an online fashion magazine and had also worked in the wardrobe department of the TV show Gossip Girl.  The 23-year-old suffered horrific injuries, including the loss of her hand, Saturday night after she had just finished riding in a single-engine plane to get an aerial view of Christmas lights with a friend.

The pilot had landed at a private airport north of Dallas when Scruggs exited the plane and walked directly into its propeller.  The blades sliced the left side of her face and shoulder and severed her left hand.  She is now stable at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

"Yesterday was a good day, there was a lot of really positive progress," Jeff Scruggs, Lauren's father, said on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday.  "They took out her tube in the afternoon.  She didn't speak right away...I said Lauren will you say 'hi' to Daddy, and she goes, 'hi.'  Later she told one of Cheryl's sisters that she loves her.  It's so encouraging to us.  She's really uncomfortable as you can imagine."

Scruggs, who started a fashion website Lolo, was not drinking at the time of the accident, according to her parents.  While it was dark out, investigators aren't sure why Scruggs didn't see the propeller.  Her family thinks she may have turned back to thank the pilot when she walked right into it.

"It was a really horrible accident," Jeff Sruggs said on GMA.  "I've been told she got out of the plane afterwards.  And I'm guessing she went up to thank the pilot.  She would have been grateful for him taking her up to see the Christmas lights around Dallas."

Cheryl Scruggs, Lauren's mother, told GMA that she was at the small airport at the time of the accident.

"I was inside, and someone came in and told me she had gotten hit," she said, holding back tears.  "I was there until the care flight got there.  I was just able to hold her and … 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."

Her family says they believe it will only be a matter of time before the young communications major is back doing what she loves.

"They're telling us it's going to be a long recovery," Jeff Scruggs said.  "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."

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Model Survives After Being Struck by Plane Propeller

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Model Lauren Scruggs was able to respond to voice commands on Monday by moving her arms and legs, less than two days after the 23-year-old walked into the propeller of a small airplane, leaving her body severely mangled.

Scruggs had just got off of a two-seater plane at a private airport in McKinney, Texas, Saturday night after looking at Christmas lights when she ran into the plane’s propeller.  Her left hand, shoulder and face were hit.

The model, who also founded a lifestyle magazine, was rushed to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where her left hand was amputated.  She underwent several surgeries over the weekend and is now in stable condition.  But the extent of her brain injury is still not known, family spokesperson Janee Harrell told ABC News.

How Scruggs ran into the propeller remains unclear.

“It’s speculative at this point, but what we’re thinking is the plane landed and they were picking up the next passengers,” Harrell said.  “It was dark and we think she probably turned around to thank the pilot.”

Harrell said Scruggs was not drinking at the time of the incident.

ABC News aviation consultant John Nance said incidents such as Scruggs’ are extremely rare and underscore the need for pilots to be especially clear in issuing safety directions.

“It sounds like this is a combination of a bad procedure by the pilot and the passenger not properly realizing her proximity,” Nance said.  “One of the things I’d have to look at is why in the world a pilot permitted a passenger to board or deboard while a propeller was turning.”

For now, Scruggs’ recovery remains uncertain, but Nance said the model is extremely lucky.

“It’s like walking into a big Cuisinart,” he said.  “I’m surprised it didn’t tear her in half.”

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Fresh Off Basketball Injury, Obama and Family Attend College Game

Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The first family stepped away from the White House Saturday to catch a college basketball game at Howard University.  First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, the head coach of the Oregon State men’s basketball team, was in town for the matchup against Howard.

This was the president’s first public appearance since catching an elbow in the mouth during a basketball game on Friday. The White House now says that President Obama injured his lower lip. The White House originally told reporters the president got 12 stitches to his upper lip.

The Obamas arrived to an enthusiastic but sparse crowd at Howard. President Obama, the first lady, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson sat next to Craig Robinson’s wife behind the Oregon State bench. The first daughters wore orange in a show of support for the Oregon State Beavers. 

The first family brought Robinson and the Beavers a bit of luck – the team defeated Howard 84-74.

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