When Nicole Nugent heard people call her daughter Ireland an inspiration, it used to upset her.
“Cause I felt like that would be a lot of weight for a little person to carry but I really can say now that she is an inspiration to me,” said Nicole. “Because I don’t how she did it and I still don’t know how she does it.”
For the Nugent family, lightning struck twice.
Ireland was 2-years-old when her dad accidentally backed over her with the riding lawn mower in 2013. She survived the accident, but lost both legs.
She made an incredible recovery and in 2016 made a trip out to California with her mom.
“We went to the challenges event for Ireland and I had a cut on my foot,” said Nicole. “Everybody was in the water, so I thought, ‘what are the chances?'”
The cut didn’t heal and the infection continued to get worse.
The water she was in was apparently contaminated by bacteria from seals that were in the area.
Repeated visits to the doctor weren’t helping.
“It started at my skin and entered into my bone and finally it just got to a point where they said, ‘we’ve gotta take it.'”
Now, at the Nugent family home in Palm Harbor, it’s like daughter, like mother.
Ireland, who is now 7, says she does have to give her mom a pep talk every now and again, especially on Mondays.
When asked why Mondays aren’t good days, Ireland replied, “Well, for me they are, but not for mom.”
Nicole is keeping a positive attitude and appreciates the support from the community. She says even Facebook comments are uplifting on any given day.
Sometimes she uses her family’s experience to help others who seem down in the dumps.
“It makes me feel good where I can send back messages and say, ‘if we can get through this, you may feel like you’re stuck in a situation where you’re never going to get through anything,'” said Nicole. “‘But you can get through it.'”