Ireland Nugent cleared to use prosthetics as she likes

While holding onto handrails to steady herself, Ireland Nugent, 2, walks on her prosthetic legs at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in Orlando on June 17. A doctor said Nugent can now walk freely on her prosthetics.

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While holding onto handrails to steady herself, Ireland Nugent, 2, walks on her prosthetic legs at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in Orlando on June 17. A doctor said Nugent can now walk freely on her prosthetics.

PALM HARBOR — Ireland Nugent, the toddler who lost her lower legs and feet in a lawn mower accident in April, has been cleared to walk freely on her prosthetics.

In June, Ireland, 2, was fitted with a pair of prosthetic legs at the Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in Orlando. Doctors advised Ireland's parents that she couldn't use the legs for more than an hour at a time.

But the girl's doctor told her mother, Nicole Nugent, Friday morning during an appointment that she can use the prosthetic legs any time.

"She basically looks great," Nugent said. "She can wear her legs full time now."

Ireland's next doctor's visit is in two months. She will continue receiving physical therapy twice a week, her mother said.

Ireland Nugent cleared to use prosthetics as she likes 07/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 6, 2013 12:35am]

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