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Small steps are big leap for Ireland Nugent

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Little Ireland Nugent took a big step toward recovery Monday afternoon -- literally. The 2-year-old tried out her new feet for the first time.

Ireland was fitted for prosthetics last week at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates of Orlando.

Monday's steps were her first since a lawnmower accident outside her Palm Harbor home back in April.

"She was ready," said her mother, Nicole Nugent. "I was really nervous that she was not going to take that well, because she's been a little nervous through all the processes. I think even the liners were worse than the legs. This morning with the liners, she was nervous, but those legs, she wasn't nervous. It was neat! It was great!"

In addition to 'Dora the Explorer' stickers, her new artificial legs are fitted with sensors that will tell her doctors how well they fit. Adjustments will be made and she could take her new legs home as early as Tuesday.

"Honestly, the way she's doing right now, I bet she's running in a week to two weeks," said Stan Patterson, president of POA. "She hasn't walked for three months almost, so now she's getting back into it. She's learning her balance all over again, so she did just fantastic."

Jerry Nugent's eyes filled with tears as he watched his daughter walk again.

"Just so much joy," he offered.  "So much happiness, for her and for our family."

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