Lauren Scruggs Receives Prosthetic Eye, Fights 'Emotional Pain'
The 23-year-old, whose hand was sliced off in the Dec. 3 plane propeller accident that also cost Scruggs her left eye, was fitted for the prosthetic eye last Saturday, her mother, Cheryl Scruggs, wrote on her blog.
"Jeff, myself, Lo and Britt showed up at 9 a.m. at the ocularist. We didn't know what to expect, other than it would be an all day process from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Another new step," her mom wrote on CaringBridge.org, where she documents the family's journey. "She was fitted and measured. The ocularist carefully painted and shaped the new eye. By 5 p.m., it was done, and her new eye was in place. It is beautiful."
Doctors at Dallas' Parkland Hospital were forced to remove Scruggs' left eye on Dec. 15., almost two weeks after the accident.
The first photographs of Scruggs, who friends and family call by her nickname Lo, emerged two weeks ago outside the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, where Scruggs has undergone intensive physical therapy. She had a white eye patch over her left eye in the Jan. 17 photos but seemed in good spirits, according to reports.
Scruggs' mother also revealed that her daughter had a follow-up appointment with the prosthetic arm expert this week. "Praise God there are options," she wrote.
The family has kept its focus on prayer as Scruggs recovers and comes to terms with her new reality.
"Lo's physical pain has subsided a great deal. It is now the emotional pain that is the tough one," her mother wrote today.
Scruggs mother reports that her daughter is relearning how to walk, talk and dress herself as she pushes through tremendous physical pain. But she is still working through the grief. "We chalked up this past week as one of the toughest yet. You would think that things would be on the upswing, huh?" Cheryl Scruggs wrote on Jan. 27. "They are in some ways. She is progressing well, physically, but we have now entered into working through the five stages of grief. We have experienced a little of this along this journey, but we now face it head on."
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