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Ireland Nugent: A hope for a return home

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Little Ireland Nugent is close to going home. A lot of you are following her progress, after she lost both feet in a lawnmower accident. She's almost all-healed-up and now her mom and dad are preparing her for life with two new feet.

"I'm excited and scared all in one," said Jerry Nugent, describing what he's going through, knowing his family is just days away from taking their 2-year-old back home.

"Everything looked good, they looked at the left leg, made sure everything was good there, re-did the dressing," said Nugent. "They're teaching us how to do the dressings."

Skin grafts last weekend appear to have taken well, so they are relieved. And soon, the stinging memory of that terrible lawn mower accident will heal also.

"She's very happy," said Nugent with a big smile. "That's what I love to see, because that brings me out of my funk."

"They're gonna do another dressing change and they're gonna make sure we know how to do it, because we'll have to do some of it at home," said Nugent.

Ireland still has at least a week to go before the pin will come out of her thumb, but her father said x-rays show it looked good.

"The left leg is probably gonna be ready in a couple weeks, because it's been out for awhile," he said. "The right leg, is probably three to four weeks out."

"She smiles when we start talking about home," said Nugent. "Wants to see the kids, wants to see the rest of the family, so it's all pretty exciting, she really excited."

Plus, they're getting a little help from a toy version of Winter, the famous dolphin with the prosthetic tail, which they use to do a sort of, show-and-tell with Ireland.

"The tail comes off and on, you're gonna have feet that come off and on," said Nugent. "But she's still very young and not grasping it totally and then when she asks about her limbs, we just kind of say, well you're gonna have new feet just like Winter the dolphin."

"When I was rubbing her legs down, because they recommend we rub them down to help her realize where the end is now and I told her how much I like her legs and she said, 'thank you Daddy', and it was such a sweet, beautiful face, I just couldn't help but get a tearful heart from that," he said.

Ireland has gotten visits from Strawberry Shortcake and Ronald McDonald.

"Ronald, she took right to," Nugent said.

Ireland loves her morning Cheerios and soon, her new limbs as well.

"Getting her new legs, watching her walk again," said Nugent. "That's gonna be amazing you know, because right now, I'm having a hard time seeing it."

The prosthetic company in Orlando is ready to get her fitted, and in three or four weeks, Ireland will be ready too.

"I'm thinking, with her mentality, she's gonna be up walking, right away," said Nugent confidently.

Her six siblings cannot wait either.

"We keep telling them we're gonna be home real soon and we're gonna be a family unit again, we're gonna be closer than ever."

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