Tampa, FL -- There was good news and not so good news Thursday regarding little Ireland Nugent.
The 2-year-old Palm Harbor girl, who lost her lower legs to a lawnmower accident four months ago, was back in surgery today and her doctors say she did just great.
But at a post-surgery press conference at Tampa General Hospital, they also revealed that Ireland will likely have to undergo many more surgical procedures than they'd hoped.
Thursday's procedure was supposed to be Ireland's ninth scheduled surgery, said her father Jerry, but it also, unexpectedly, turned out to be her tenth.
Doctors were ready to remove bone spurs that had recently made her right-leg prosthetic uncomfortable. It's a condition, which if they don't correct, could eventually wear through her skin.
But just before procedure, they noticed Ireland's left leg had the same issue. A smaller bump confirmed by an X-ray.
They decided to work on both at the same time, but because she's young, and her bones are still growing, doctors now believe as Ireland ages they'll have to do this several more times.
"It's unfortunate that the expected outcome for us as we go down the line of taking care of Ireland is that we'll have to do multiple symptomatic little surgeries where we remove the bone here and there," said Dr. Daniel Chang, Ireland's surgeon.
"We were just hoping initially it would be longer stints, but the hardest part is behind us," said Jerry Nugent.
Her doctors were preparing to operate on Ireland's right leg to remove bone spurs that had recently made her prosthetic leg uncomfortable.
Her parents cued in on recent behavior that told them something wasn't right. Ireland has been doing exceptionally well, swimming and playing. Recently, they celebrated what will be her 3rd birthday this coming week.
"She didn't like to wear her legs, but also that could be a two-year-old not wanting to wear those," said Jerry Nugent.
In addition to the discomfort, her parents recently noticed a lump.
Doctors say Ireland's bone was growing in the wrong direction. A condition which, without corrective surgery, would eventually wear through the child's skin and muscle.
"It's a balance how often you want to go into surgery for the little things, but in this case, it definitely is a good size, so it's worth doing," said Dr. Chan.
Shortly before procedure, Dr. Chan says he noticed Ireland's left leg had the same issue as the right. A smaller bump, confirmed by an X-ray.
They decided to work on both at the same time.
"We're here. We don't want to do this any more often than we have to." said Dr. Chan, "The anesthetic risk isn't worth it if you can help it and minimize that."
Since she's young, her bones still growing, doctors say it's all but certain Ireland will need more of these procedures.
It's nerve-racking, her father confesses, but still -- they're so grateful.
"Yeah, stomach's in a knot, but I always think back to what we went through initially and I just thank God that she's alive."
Ireland, they say, will be getting a new set of prosthetic legs in a couple of weeks.
More stories about Ireland Nugent's accident and recovery:
Lawnmower accident: Ireland Nugent, 2, loses feet in lawnmower accident
Earlier surgery: Girl hurt in lawnmower accident undergoes surgery
Pastor: Ireland Nugent's surgery a success
Care for life: Toddler hurt in mower accident to get care for life
Second surgery: Ireland Nugent needs second surgery
Full of smiles: Ireland Nugent out of pediatric ICU
Fundraising: Church raises $110,000 for medical care
Back to School: Ireland Nugent returns to preschool
Heroes: Ireland meets first responders who came to her aid
Prosthetic fitting: Ireland Nugent fitted for new feet
First Steps! Ireland Nugent walks again on prosthetic limbs
Amazing Progress: Ireland Nugent continues recovery
A Happy Birthday: Ireland turns 3 years old