Ireland Nugent celebrates her 3rd birthday

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- It's a moment most parents expect to get to, but the Nugents could only pray for back it in April -- their daughter's third birthday party.

Ireland Nugent turns 3 years old on August 20, but her family threw her a party on Sunday at the Westlake Village Clubhouse.  

Dozens of friends, family, and members of the community, many people the Nugents only met this year, showed up to wish Ireland a happy birthday and show their support.

"We couldn't have imagined this party back in April, and now seeing everyone here, it means the world to us," said Jerry Nugent, Ireland's father.

In April, Ireland's father backed over her legs while riding in his lawn mower by accident. She was rushed to the hospital. Later, her legs had to be taken off below the knee.

Her parents were so happy to throw her a third birthday party with everyone singing, dancing, and swimming.

"She doesn't know how big this is, and she doesn't understand, but we do," said Jerry.

Ireland's girlfriends dressed up as princesses, but Ireland refused to be a princess. She wanted to dress up as Spider-Man! Her father said that is her cousin's influence.  

"Her cousin loves Spider-Man too!" said Jerry.

Ireland will have another surgery on Thursday to fix a bone in her leg that it not growing in the right direction. Jerry said it should be an outpatient surgery. We will keep you updated on her progress.

Previous stories:

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

Prosthetic fitting: Ireland Nugent fitted for new feet

First Steps: Ireland Nugent walks on prosthetic limbs

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