After a minor setback and only one day in pediatric intensive care, little Ireland Nugent is back in her regular room at Tampa General Hospital. Her mother Nicole Nugent, is happy to have her baby girl's recovery back on track.
"Someone described it to me almost like going through war," said Nugent. "I think it's almost worse though, because that's your baby."
Nugent's baby girl Ireland is rebounding after surgery to fix the end of her right leg after the lawnmower accident three weeks ago.
"She was pushing her own wheelchair and has made so much progress, that I was afraid this was gonna set her back," Nugent said.
But as soon as the sedation wore off and her appetite came back, she knew her little girl was going to be okay.
"She was happy and playing and I kind of was like, okay, we're still going forward, minor setback, but we're still going forward," said Nugent smiling.
Ireland has at least two more procedures and an estimated 4 to 8 weeks left in the hospital, before she can be fitted with her new feet.
"Her left leg is great," said Nugent. "They were able to put the shrinker on, the grafts look good, it'll just be wound care under her shrinker and getting her ready for her prosthetic."
Amputee and 50legs.org founder Steve Chamberland has been with the Nugents from the very beginning of the ordeal.
"We call Steve Chamberland now, Uncle Steve," laughed Nugent. "So I said, you're gonna get legs like Uncle Steve has."
Fresh off a goodwill trip to his hometown Boston to help bomb victims, Chamberland and Tanner Kuth of Disabled Sports USA shared some of their own success re-learning to walk on FOX13's morning program "Good Day Tampa Bay."
"I'll swim, I snowboard, I do weight training, I do some cross-fit every now and then," said Kuth. "Anything that normal people do."
"Everybody's different, like I walked right away," said Chamberland, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. "As soon as I put my leg on, I was walking. A bunch of the kids that I've helped out walk right away too. Baby Ireland's gonna walk like that. She's gonna be awesome!"
"She's just such a fighter," said Nugent. "She's an inspiration to me, as her mommy, watching her go through this."
Doctors hope to cover the area on Ireland's right leg with a new skin graft by Saturday, which is also the same day the 50-legs charity is holding a golf tournament, to help raise the money needed to pay for Ireland's new, prosthetic feet.
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