Lauren, 23, has been recovering for nearly two months since she accidentally walked in front of a plane propeller after taking a ride with a friend to see the Dallas Christmas lights from the sky.
Two weeks after the tragic accident, doctors decided that they had to remove Lauren’s eye.
Though her parents have been actively updating her friends and family through their Caring Bridge website and television appearances, Lauren made her first public appearance on January 17.
She was seen walking out of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas wearing a patch over her missing eye and a Cowboys football hat pulled low.
The prosthetic eye is a major step in her healing process, but she does have a ways to go.
Her mother said that while some of the physical pain that she used to feel while trying to sleep- which she described as ‘ferocious’ at the time- has begun to lessen, Lauren needs now to move on to her other forms of recovery.