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Toddler has 9th surgery after mower accident

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Ireland Nugent getting ready for surgery. Image Courtesy Facebook. Ireland Nugent getting ready for surgery. Image Courtesy Facebook.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Two-year-old Ireland Nugent underwent a surgery Thursday morning to remove two bone spurs from her legs.  It's the 9th surgery the toddler has had since she lost her feet and part of her legs in a lawn mower accident in April.

Following the accident, Ireland spent weeks at Tampa General Hospital and was later fitted for prosthetics in Orlando. She quickly learned to walk on them, but then her parents noticed she started avoiding them.

"She didn't like to wear her legs, but that could also be a two-year-old not wanting to wear those," explained her father, Jerry Nugent, following the surgery. "Once we noticed that bump starting, it was pretty obvious that she had something going on."

X-rays revealed the bone spur, and when doctors went in for the surgery, they discovered a second bone spur, and removed that, too.  Dr. Daniel Chan, Ireland's surgeon, said bone spurs are a normal part of the process when a child has an amputation.

"She's two, and we grow like crazy at two," he said. "When she's 12, it probably won't be very much at all. It slows down with age."

Dr. Chan said Ireland should heal from this surgery within a few weeks. Her parents will be by her side, every step of the way.

"The hardest part is behind us and we just have to get her wearing prosthetics more and more mobile, that's what I'm looking forward to," her father said.

Ireland went home to Pinellas County after the surgery. She will celebrate her third birthday next Tuesday.

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