Ireland Nugent continues to recover from surgery at Tampa General Hospital today, telling her supporters and family, “I broke my legs,” according to a Facebook page.
The page was started by Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater for the 2-year-old girl as she recovers from an accident where her legs were severed last week when her father ran her over with a riding mower.
The last post from late Wednesday night said Ireland remained on pain medications, but is responsive. She left the intensive care unit briefly for a few moments to see young neighbors who are not permitted in ward. She also didn't want any help drinking juice from her sippie cup.
The post added that her parents, Jerry and Nicole, “are doing so great.”
Her surgery on Monday at Tampa General Hospital is the last one before Ireland can begin recovery and get fitted for prosthetic legs below her knees. Parts of her legs below the calf were amputated, and skin from her thighs was grafted to her injuries.
Former professional wrestler Steve Chamberland, a Largo fitness trainer who runs 50 Legs, a charity that provides prosthetics to children, has pledged to help. He says he hopes the family doesn't pay anything out of pocket for prosthetics or rehabilitation.
The family has insurance but still will incur medical expenses due to the hospital stay and years of future care.
A fund established to help offset the medical costs, which could pile up for years with rehabilitation and prosthetics, swelled to about $20,000 on Monday, said the Rev. Dennis Reid, pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Donations to help Ireland and the family, or cards of encouragement, are being handled by Trinity Presbyterian Church, where Nicole Nugent is listed as the preschool director. Checks to the Ireland Nugent Fund can be sent to the church, at 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater, 33765. Or, donors can go to the church's site and contribute by credit card: http://www.trinityclearwater.org/
Also, a golf tournament organized by 50 Legs is slated for April 27 at Tarpon Woods Golf Club in Palm Harbor.