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‘She’s a very strong girl’

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PALM HARBOR (FOX 13) -

At the Nugent house, every morning is an early morning.

"I'm up at 5 o'clock and try to start making sure things are straightened up around the house," Ireland's Father, Jerry, said.

Seeing 2-year-old Ireland's smile, you would never believe it's the little girl that survived a terrible lawn mowing accident earlier this year - an accident that took both her legs from the knee down.

"I've been checking her bandages and checking her wounds and they look excellent," Nicole Nugent said.

Every morning is a little hectic, but this family of six is just like the rest of us when it comes to getting up and getting ready on time.

"Her spirit is up. It's definitely harder for us than it is for her," Nicole said.

Once Ireland is up, getting dressed is usually first, and then comes the big battle.

Brushing her hair can sometimes be a two-person job.

"She doesn't want to get dressed, get her hair brushed, or brush her teeth," Nicole said.

After all, she's 2 years old.

"She's two - for sure. Wants everything done her way. She's just two," Nicole said.

But it all gets done. Once the teeth are brushed, it's on to breakfast. Although all of it with a little help from older sisters: 11-year old Italia, 9-year-old Ariana and 5-year-old Gigi.

Oh, and Ireland helps out some too. She too knows how to brush teeth.

Ireland is definitely still mobile - whether she's crawling, rolling or riding around the house on a motorized car.

"She's a very strong girl. She's a lot stronger than I am," Jerry said.

She will soon be fitted for prosthetics - which means this morning routine may change a little. 

"She's been seeing the legs and knows that other people have them," Jerry said.

But that's another battle this family says they will tackle down the road. That is, if they survive the terrible twos.

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