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Little girl's prosthetics will be paid for

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The mother of Ireland Nugent delivered a hopeful message to her daughter.

"You're going to walk again and we're going to get you new feet," she said.

Two prosthetics for a growing child don't come cheap, but for Ireland they will actually come at no charge at all.

"We are currently working with a group called 50Legs and they are committed to fitting Ireland with prosthetics for the rest of her life," said the family pastor, Dennis Reid.

It's a gift from a man with just one leg who first made a name for himself on a pro wrestling mat.

"He's the greatest guy of all time, because he's the guy - pan down here brother, that gets all the legs for all the kids," said Hulk Hogan in a promotional video for the organization "Fifty Legs."

Steve Chamberland lost his own leg in a 1999 motorcycle accident.

"A guy went through a stop sign, I kicked my leg out to protect myself. My leg got stuck in the radiator," he said.

He's helped so many children who have faced similar life changes. When he heard Ireland's story, he had to get involved.

"I looked on the news at 10 o'clock and I was like you have to be kidding me. So I put it on Facebook anybody know this family, do they need help?" Chamberland said.

By the next morning, social media guided him to a connection to the family. Now, he'll take care of anything that Ireland needs with her prosthetics and share the same advice he's tells other children he's helped.

"I just tell them to stay positive," he said.

Chamberland says some insurance plans charge expensive co-pays for prosthetics and in some cases limit the number of legs covered over a five year period. For a growing child, this can be a big challenge.

His charity hosts events, including a golf charity this month, to stay funded.

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