Toddler, 2, Walks Again After Losing Legs In Lawnmower Horror

Tue, June 18, 2013 11:47am EST by 7 Comments
Florida Toddler Walks Again

A tragic lawn mower accident left half of little Ireland Nugent’s legs severed. But she proved on June 17, that there is hope again as she took her first steps with her new prosthetic legs.

Ireland Nugent, 2, suffered the loss of her legs below her knees after her dad accidentally backed over her with his lawn mower on April 11, and has undergone seven surgeries as a result. But June 17 brought a new hope to Ireland and her family as she was fitted for a pair of prosthetic legs at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in Orlando, walking for the first time since the accident.

Ireland Nugent Walks Again

It took five hours for Ireland’s prosthetic legs to be fitted just right, but almost immediately after the final adjustment in the fitting process on June 17, Ireland walked again for the first time in more than two months.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Ireland was a little fussy at the beginning of the appointment, and the experts helping with the fitting were worried she might no be willing to walk on her prosthetics. Once she was completely fitted though, Ireland looked happier than ever in an adorable cream and pink floral dress, and thrilled about her new legs.

The legs she was fitted for on June 17 were just test limbs to get measurements for her actual prosthetics. But when the prosthetist said he was going to need the test limbs back, Ireland couldn’t seem to part with them. She told the prosthetists, “I want to keep my legs.”

Jerry Nugent: ‘She’s My Superhero’

Because of her excitement for her new legs, Ireland was able to take the Dora the Explorer sticker-covered prosthetics — and another test pair with Minnie Mouse on them — to practice with in her hotel room while she awaits her finished legs.

As hard as it may be to have to relive the day of the accident every time he looks at his daughter, Jerry Nugent, Ireland’s father, is amazed by the way she has handled the tough process she has gone through since the accident. He told the Tampa Bay Times: 

I’m just speechless and so proud. She took it over the top. … She’s not ever going to hold back. That’s my superhero. That’s my angel.

What do YOU think about Ireland’s perserverance, HollyMoms?

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Posted at 11:55 AM on June 18, 2013  

it’s a “blessing” she is still this young & physically strong!!

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