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The 2-year-old Palm Harbor girl who lost both feet in a mower accident this month has an infection in one of her legs that requires more surgery.

A skin graft on Ireland Nugent’s right leg wasn’t successful, so doctors removed inflamed tissue, according to a Facebook page maintained by the family’s pastor to provide information on her progress.

The setback will keep Ireland at Tampa General Hospital longer than expected. A surgery is scheduled for Saturday to clean the wounds, and another skin graft will follow next week.

She remained in the pediatric intensive care unit as of Wednesday morning.

“The good news is that her left leg is doing perfectly and most of her right leg is doing well,” the Rev. Dennis Reid wrote on the Facebook page. “It is just a very small area that is requiring some extra attention.”

Ireland’s legs were severed below the knees April 11 when her father accidently backed a riding mower over her. On April 18, she had what was supposed to be the final surgery before she can get fitted for prosthetic legs.

“She will remain in PICU due to volume of blood loss in the surgery and pain management,” Reid wrote on Facebook. “Hopefully, back to the regular floor soon.”

Donations to help Ireland and the family, or cards of encouragement, are being handled by their church. Checks to the Ireland Nugent Fund can be sent to: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater, FL 33765. Or, donors can go to the church’s site and contribute by credit card at

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