Palm Harbor, Florida -- Thereare twonew setbacksin the caseof thelittle girl who lost both feet in a horrific lawnmower accident in front of her Palm Harbor home.
Earlier this month, two-year-old Ireland Nugentlost herfeet in a lawnmower accident in the Westlake Village subdivision of Palm Harbor.
Since the accident, Ireland has faced surgeries and a few setbacks. Nicole Nugent, Ireland's mother describes the latest setbacks as"minor -- but we're still going forward".
Friday afternoon, 10 News learned from her Facebook page thelittle girlis facing a blood transfusion to boost her ability to fight off infection ahead of yet another surgery early Saturday morning.
"I think it's almost worst though because it's your baby that this is happening to," her mother says.
Dr. Dennis Reid, the family's pastor saysIreland'ssurgery on Saturday is a routine procedure where they will take a skin graft about the size of a quarter and replace the skin graft that didn't take.
Ireland's mother says her daughter has a lot of questions about how she'll be able to get out of her hospital bed and back to the business of a being a kid and that's in part because of Steve Chamberland.
Chamberland is also an amputee who lostaleg duringa bad motorcycle crash. He's been showing the family Ireland can get back on her feet -- her prosthetic feet -- one day soon.
"We call Steve Chamberland now 'Uncle Steve', says Nicole. "So I said [to Ireland], 'you're going to get legs like Uncle Steve has.'"
Chamberland's non-profit organization 50 Legs is holding a golf tournament on Saturday with the proceeds going towards getting Ireland, and others just like her, who need prosthetic legs.
"She's 2 1/2 years old and she's such a strong kid, Steve says. "I've seen her from feeding tubes to saying things. Just the way she acts in the playroom -- it's amazing how she is."
"Every step she takes forward, it reassures me," says Nicole. "Steve came in and sort of lifted my husband up and said she's going to be fine. Look she's got her knees which is the most important part. She'll never remember this and she's going to do great things."
The Shriners Hospitals for Children location on USF's Tampa campus has told Ireland's family it's prepared to take over her care from now until she turns 18.
The family's church, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, has helped raise thousands of dollarsin donations.
Checks can be made out to Trinity Presbyterian Foundation, with "Ireland Nugent" in the memo field, and mailed to:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
2001 Rainbow Drive
Clearwater, Florida 33765
The church has also set up a Paypal fund, which can be accessed on their website, www.trinityclearwater.org.
On Saturday, there'sa charity golf tournament at Tarpon Woods Golf Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m. More information is available on 50 Legs' website.
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