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Pinellas tot hurt in mower accident to leave hospital


Published:   |   Updated: May 3, 2013 at 09:03 AM
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After seven surgeries, 2-year-old Ireland Nugent is scheduled to leave Tampa General Hospital three weeks after her feet were severed in a lawn mower accident.

“It looks like she is going home this weekend,” according to a Facebook page hosted by her family’s church and pastor.

Ireland’s legs were amputated at the calves when her father accidentally backed a riding lawn mower over her April 11 at their Palm Harbor home.

A skin graft on her right leg in April wasn’t successful, so doctors had to remove inflamed tissue and create new grafts. On Thursday, doctors determined the new grafts look good.

“One more dressing change (scheduled for Saturday), and then they will decide when she will go home,” the Facebook page said.

Ireland’s father, Jerry Nugent, said his daughter could be fitted for prosthetic feet in about four weeks.

"She’s still very young, so she’s not grasping it totally," he told News Channel 8. "When she asks about her limbs, we just say you’re going to have new feet, just like Winter the dolphin."

The dolphin with a prosthetic tail, housed at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, was the star of a popular 2011 feature film.

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, 33765. Or, donors can go to the church’s site and contribute by credit card: http://www.trinityclearwater.org.

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