Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lauren Scruggs Give First Interview Since Accident

Lauren Scruggs met her Olympic "inspiration," Gabby Douglas,
live on TODAY Thursday. (Photo: NBC)

Lauren Scruggs, the 24-year-old fashion blogger and model who walked into a spinning plane propeller eight months ago, gave her first interview since that horrendous event this morning on the Today Show. Fitted with a prosthetic eye and hand, Scruggs spoke to Savannah Guthrie in London with an incredible smile and positive attitude.

“Spiritually, I’ve just learned to live by faith and not by sight,’’ Scruggs said. “Even though I’ve lost my left eye, I’ve just realized that the Lord has a strong purpose in it, and I need to use that.’’

Scruggs is a devout Christian and has relied on her faith and her family to get through this trial. Since December, her parents posted regular updates on her progress on the site which received more than 1.5 million visits.

“I’m feeling good,’’ Scruggs said. “I think physically, it’s good that I’m off all my pain meds and all medication and haven’t had pain since January, so that’s a blessing. Emotionally, days are hard sometimes, just accepting the loss of my eye and hand, but it just gets better and I realize God’s in control of my life and there’s a purpose to this story.’’

A brief mention was given about Scrugg’s upcoming book, Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, A Horrifying Accident, and A Family’s Journey of Hope, that will be released in November. Lolo is a nickname given to her from her family.

The Olympic Games is Scrugg’s first vacation since the accident. She has said that she has drawn inspiration from many of the Olympic athletes and including Gabby Douglas, of the American gymnastic team. “I think Gabby is a real inspiration to me,’’ Scruggs said. “Just her spirit is so sweet and just how she professes her faith.’’ Then, she was given a surprise visit by Douglas herself where Douglas graciously offered, “This means so much to me when you said that you were inspired by me.”

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