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Ireland Nugent recovering from surgery

Ireland Nugent, the Palm Harbor girl who lost both feet in a lawn mower accident, touches her father, Jerry, from her mother, Nicole's, lap as Greg Sarmento takes a cast for Ireland's first prosthetic legs in June in Orlando.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Ireland Nugent, the Palm Harbor girl who lost both feet in a lawn mower accident, touches her father, Jerry, from her mother, Nicole's, lap as Greg Sarmento takes a cast for Ireland's first prosthetic legs in June in Orlando.

PALM HARBOR — Ireland Nugent, the toddler who lost her lower legs and feet in a lawn mower accident in April, underwent outpatient surgery Thursday morning at Tampa General Hospital to remove bone from her legs.

"She did okay," said her mother, Nicole Nugent. "They had to do a little more work than we originally thought."

Within the past few weeks, Nugent had noticed Ireland, 2, was uncomfortable while walking on her prosthetic legs. During a doctor's appointment, the Nugents were told their daughter would need surgery to remove some of the bone growing in her right leg.

On Thursday morning, doctors discovered the bone in Ireland's left leg also was growing, so they performed additional surgery.

The procedure began at 7:30 a.m. and was completed by 9 a.m., Nugent said.

Ireland Nugent recovering from surgery 08/15/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 6:16pm]
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