Fla girl injured by lawn mower is ready to go home

Lawn Mower Accident
Posted at 7:09 AM, May 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 14:16:29-04

UPDATE 6-18-13: 2-year-old Ireland Nugent hit a major and emotional milestone Monday.

She took her first steps since losing both her feet in a lawnmower accident in April.

Even the staff at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in Orlando was shocked by how quickly she started walking with her test legs.

Ireland and her family will returned Tuesday to start working with her actual prosthetics.

Ireland's mom says she'll need new prosthetics about every three months and could face more surgeries as she grows.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay-area toddler whose legs were severed in a lawn-mower accident is preparing to return home from the hospital.

Both of Ireland Nugent's legs were amputated at mid-calf when her father accidentally backed a riding lawn mower over her April 11.

The family's pastor tells the Tampa Bay Times that the 2-year-old's most recent surgery and skin graft were successful. Dennis Reid of Trinity Presbyterian Church says Ireland should be able to return to her Palm Harbor home over the weekend.

A video posted online by the newspaper shows Ireland alert and playing with toys in her hospital bed.

Nicole Nugent says her daughter has been "happy and spunky" and doesn't cry about her injuries. Ireland could be fitted for prosthetic legs in three to six weeks.