updated 12/15/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/15/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
Unfortunately, Scruggs, 23, who lost her left hand and suffered facial and shoulder injuries in the accident as well, had to have her left eye removed on Wednesday.
“She is in excruciating pain,” says her mother. “Please pray for her appetite to return and for her to have the patience to take this journey one day at a time.”
“We have been praying for a miracle,” Cheryl Scruggs continues, and though doctors weren’t able to save Lauren’s eye as they’d hoped, Cheryl adds: “The miracle that Jesus gave us is a prosthesis. We continue to be eternally grateful for your prayers and support. It means more than words can say.”