Neighbors rally around Ireland Nugent's family and several fundraisers are planned

PALM HARBOR, FLA - Saturday Update:

Ireland is out of surgery.  A post on her Facebook support page said, "out of surgery and all went well."

The 2-year-old is scheduled for another procedure on Thursday, May 2.

Below our story from earlier this week about the setbacks Ireland has experienced:

Thursday Update:

A 2-year-old girl who lost her feet when she was run over by a lawn mower underwent another round of surgery on Thursday to clean out her wounds.

Doctors say the procedure went well.  Another surgery is scheduled for this weekend to attach new skin grafts after a complication with her right leg was discovered on Tuesday, which sent her back into pediatric ICU.

Ireland suffered a setback Tuesday which sent her back into pediatric ICU.

Ireland's parents hoped their daughter would go home this week.

Ireland's neighboring community said while they wanted to her to come home, this gives them more time to prepare.

Video taken of  Ireland Wednesday morning showed a happy girl.  

 

"She's up doing her no, mine giggling, laughing back to her normal business of her day," said her mother Nicole Nugent.

Her smile is more than Nicole hoped for after the set back and news of more surgeries ahead.

"It was certainly disappointing because you get so worked up and feel you are jumping over a hurdle," said Nugent.

While the family faces another week in the hospital, even their youngest neighbors are hard at work in Palm Harbor preparing for Ireland's homecoming.  That includes planting new flowers.   A  project started by Cameron Smith.

"So we started an online auction on eBay to raise money for the family.  So for each flower that is bought and it will planted in their yard is a sign of love and support for Ireland and the family," said Smith.

Smith's wife Aly is the nurse who rushed to Ireland's aid moments after the accident.  She's also a mother.  Her daughters are Ireland's best friends.  It's why the Smith's and others want to make sure she's cared for.

Tracey Hoambrecker is spearheading several fundraising efforts.

"It's not that this accident just happened that day. This is going to affect the rest of their lives, every which way. We have a construction team working on the home. We are also looking for people to contact people to try and help us with the pool and I also have reached out to Ellen Degeneres and hoping she can help us with a makeover," said Hoambrecker.

No word on Ellen yet, but even the Chick-Fil-A cow plans on being at Ireland's home when she returns. He showed up with a marketing director to announce restaurants in North Pinellas and will donate 20 percent of sales on May 8th to Ireland's fund.  Nicole is simply stunned.

"My immediate community of Westlake Village has gone above and beyond anything I can ever imagine," said Nicole.

Thursday, Ireland will undergo another procedure to clean out the area of skin again in her right leg on Saturday.   That is when doctors hope to put her skin graft in.

e-Bay Auction Link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-each-sale-a-beautiful-flower-will-be-planted-in-Ireland-Nugents-yard-/281094316935

The eBay item number is: 281094316935.  This can also be typed into the eBay search bar to locate the auction page.

There is also a fundraiser on Friday, at Stingrays Bar N' Grill located at 29176 US Highway 19 North.

On Saturday, former pro-wrestler Steve Chamberland will hold a golf tournament.
Ireland's father, Jerry is expected to attend.  The golf tournament is at the Tarpon Woods Golf Club.

For more information you can visit www.50legs.org
 

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