Published April 16, 2013
The 2-year-old Florida girl who lost both legs in a lawn mower accident last week is in stable condition after surgery Monday morning and doctors say her outlook is good, MyFoxTampaBay.com reports.
Ireland Nugent lost both her legs and part of her hand after she ran in front of a lawnmower her father was driving. She will be kept sedated until Tuesday morning.
"Before she was being sedated on the lawn at our house, she was asking, where her legs were, so she knew at that time she didn't have legs," Nicole Nugent, the girl's mom, said.
Authorities tell MyFoxTampaBay.com the girl's father was driving his riding lawnmower when the child ran towards him. The man says his daughter fell in front of the lawnmower and he was unable to stop it from running her over.
"I cannot wait to just love her and hold her and tell her it's all going to be ok," said Nicole Nugent, Ireland's mother. "I know they keep telling me she can hear me, but I want to see her look back at me, when I can tell her that we're gonna get through this."
Her husband Jerry said he is still struggling with the tragedy, but each day she [Ireland] improves, helps heal a lot of it.
"I've got to work through, but when she opens her eyes and she sees me and she smiles and says she loves me and we hold each other, a lot of pain that's in my right now's gonna leave," said Jerry Nugent.
"When I met them, I just wanted to set their mind at ease, knowing they don't have to worry about their finances, anything."
Steve Chamberland with the charity 50-Legs, will be working with Ireland and the Nugents one-on-one, to help not only with the cost of getting her prosthetic feet, but with the cost of her ongoing therapy.
"Will actually extend the life of the prosthesis," said Bryan Sinnott, who is a Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist at Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa. He said she will most likely start wearing a compression garment to reduce the swelling from her surgery.