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Ireland Nugent: Toddler hurt in lawnmower accident will get care until age 18

11:56 AM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- In the days since 2-year-old Ireland Nugent was severely hurt in a lawnmower accident, she and her family have received an outpouring of support.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children location on USF's Tampa campus has told Ireland's family it is prepared to take over her care from now until she turns 18.

Nugent will need prosthetic limbs to walk, and the Tampa Shriners Hospital has the Southeast's largest prosthetics and orthotics lab, a hospital spokeswoman said.

As children grow, they need new prosthetics often. The Shriners Hospital in Tampa will be able to provide them to Nugent until she turns 18.

Care is provided at Shriners Hospitals regardless of whether patients can afford medical treatment, the spokeswoman said.

Costs that aren't covered by insurance companies are paid by donations from the community and supporters of Shriners International, which has its worldwide headquarters in Tampa.

Former pro wrestler Steve Chamberland, an amputee who lives in Pinellas County, is also working to provide Nugent with prosthetics through his charity, 50 Legs in 50 Days.

The final surgery planned by Nugent's initial doctors at Tampa General Hospital got underway Monday morning. Shortly before noon, the Nugent family's pastor posted on Facebook that Ireland remains in stable condition as the amputations have been completed, and now doctors are working on skin grafts.

For information on how to support Ireland Nugent and her family, click here.

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Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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