Lauren Scruggs was severely injured in a horrific plane propeller accident last December. After numerous surgeries, three weeks in the hospital and several months of rehabilitation, the brave 24-year-old has finally come to terms with her new lifestyle.
When Lauren Scruggs boarded a friend’s tiny two-seater plane last December to check out her town’s Christmas lights, she had no idea that her life was about to change forever. After a short flight around the Dallas area, Lauren accidentally walked into the spinning propeller while she was exiting the plane. The blade sliced her head, face, shoulder and severed her hand.
Three Weeks in the Hospital
After three weeks in the hospital and surgeries on her brain, face, shoulder and hand — and eventually, the removal of her left eye — Lauren returned home to her family. Though she felt lucky to be alive after such a horrific ordeal, Lauren says that she had a hard time adjusting to her new body.
Lauren ‘Just Wanted [Her] Hand Back’
“I went through a period of anger after I was getting off my pain medication — then reality hits you,” the 24-year-old fashion blogger tells People. “I just wanted my hand back. I went through the process of grieving and I still am today. My doctor told me that losing your hand is like losing someone in your family. Because it’s a part of you.”
After nearly three hours of rehab per day, Lauren relearned how to complete ordinary tasks, like tying her shoe, without the aid of of left hand. “I took a driving test and got a new license,” she revealed. “It’s been easy to drive with one hand, and I use my knee.”
It Was Hard To Look in the Mirror
Still, Lauren admits that she had difficulty accepting the change in her appearance. “Right when I got home from the hospital, I would cry a lot. It was hard to look at myself in the mirror. It was just so shocking.”
Several months after the accident, Lauren was fitted for a prosthetic eye and several new arms (one for working out, one to swim and one that looks lifelike). Today, she’s able to challenge herself physically — and even paint her fingernails.
The Good That Came After the Accident
“My accident was bad, but I think it’s deepened me as a person and increased my compassion for people and intensified my joy,” she confesses. “It’s kind of weird to say, but I wouldn’t trade it. I feel blessed. I’ve been through a lot but I’m living. This is my new normal.”
Lauren plans to talk about her accident and more in an upcoming book Still Lolo.
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