Toddler Whose Feet Were Amputated By Dad's Lawnmower Walks Again

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Toddler's whose feet were amputated by dad's lawnmower walks again

A toddler whose feet were amputated after her dad ran over her with a lawnmower has taken her first steps on her new prosthetic test legs just two months later.

The appalling accident happened in April when Ireland Nugent's father Jerry started up the mower in the garage of the family's home in Florida.

He didn't notice his two-year-old daughter run in front of him before apparently tripping.

The child's mother desperately tried to flag her husband's attention but he didn't see or hear her over the engine.

The mower dragged the little girl down the driveway and onto the street before Jerry realised what had happened.

Ireland instantly lost both of her feet in the horrific accident, and one of her hands was severely injured.

The little girl has been in a wheelchair and had surgery seven times since the appalling accident.

She was released from hospital in Tampa at the start of May and on Monday was fitted with her new legs.

She promptly took off walking as soon as they were on after the five-hour fitting procedure.

"I'm just speechless and so proud," Ireland's dad told reporters.

Experts were worried that the little girl might refuse to walk with her new prosthetic limbs, but she has already become emotionally attached to the legs.

When the prosthetist said he would need the test limbs back, the little girl said she wanted to keep them.

Her mum Nicole said: "We're very excited to be back with the girls and the other kids and our family. A little nervous trying to figure out how everything's going to work.

"But I know we can do it. If we can do this, we can do anything.

"She will continue to succeed. She will do great things in her life. "This will not stop Ireland."


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