Mom of 3-year-old amputee Ireland Nugent amazed by generosity - WFLA News Channel 8

Mom of 3-year-old amputee Ireland Nugent amazed by generosity

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Ireland Nugent, age 3, with her father Jerry and mother Nicole. Photo courtesy Nicole Nugent Ireland Nugent, age 3, with her father Jerry and mother Nicole. Photo courtesy Nicole Nugent
PALM HARBOR, FL (WFLA) - It's been a challenging year for Palm Harbor amputee Ireland Nugent, age 3, and her family.

A lawn mower accident in the family's driveway last April severed Ireland's ankles. The spunky little girl with curly hair and an adorable smile had to undergo surgery to have both legs amputated below her knees.

The Nugent family was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight because of the freak accident. They also had to face new challenges like arranging continued medical care for Ireland and making changes to their home to accommodate a disabled child.

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But, eight months later, WFLA.com caught up with Ireland's mother, Nicole, who says despite the obstacles her family has faced, this Christmas she is grateful for many things.

"Our life is almost unrecognizable from last year. So many negative things are so over shadowed by the amazing generosity of people, love of our family, and the miracle of life," said Nicole Nugent.

"I am so grateful that Ireland is still with us to celebrate this Christmas and for all the love and support our family has received over the past eight months."

Nugent says that if she could ask Santa for anything this Christmas it would be for Ireland to have her legs back.

Nugent would also like safety regulations improved.

"I would also ask that lawnmower safety to be improved so that no child, nor family would ever have to go through this accident again," said Nugent.

As for Ireland, she has gotten used to using her prosthetic legs. She runs, jumps and roller skates like other kids her age.


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