Doctors say Ireland Nugent's second skin graft was a success

TAMPA - On Thursday, we saw Ireland Nugent watching a cartoon and getting a lot of love from her mom.

Meanwhile, the little girl's father, Jerry, said Ireland is happy and doesn't ask too many questions about what happened to her.

"I can tell you Winter the Dolphin kinda helped. She's still very young, so she's not grasping it totally and then we she asks about her limbs we just tell her you are going to have new feet, just like Winter the Dolphin," said Jerry Nugent.

Word from Tampa General Hospital is that a second skin graft on Ireland's right leg performed today was a success.

Which means after several surgeries and some setbacks, Ireland should finally be able to go home sometime this weekend.

Jerry said, "I'm excited and scared all in one. It's just a new level of this adventure..nightmare, adventure whatever you want to call it."

Ireland's dad said the community support has ben overwhelming with too many people to thank.

He said what allows him to make it through this tragedy are the moments he shares with his daughter.

"When I was rubbing her legs down and I told her how much I liked her legs, and she said thank you daddy. Such a sweet beautiful face, I couldn't help but get a tearful heart from that," Jerry said.

Jerry said what he really looks forward to, is seeing Ireland get her prosthetic legs and walk again -- which could happen in about a month.

Fundraiser Thursday, May 2:

Stingrays Bar and Grill in Clearwater until 10 p.m. 
29176 U.S. 19  Clearwater, FL 33761

You will have a chance to win prizes and bid on dozens of silent auction items.
Proceeds will help the Nugent Family.



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