Two-year-old Ireland Nugent, who lost both feet in lawnmower accident, out of surgery

TAMPA - UPDATE: A 2-year-old Palm Harbor girl who lost her feet in a lawn mower accident underwent her final surgery Monday and was back in ICU where she remained.

Ireland Nugent's mother, Nicole Nugent, said her daughter remains sedated and is doing well.

Click the video player to see the mother's Monday afternoon post-surgery briefing in its entirety.

EARLIER STORY:

A 2-year-old Palm Harbor girl who lost both of her feet in a lawn mower accident went back into surgery Monday morning at Tampa General Hospital. 

According to a church-sponsored Facebook support page, doctors have performed amputations just above Ireland Nugent's ankles and attached skin grafts to prepare the toddler for prosthetic feet.

Around 1:30 p.m., it was reported on the Facebook page that the surgery was complete and that all went well.

Ireland has already undergone three surgeries since she was accidentally run over by her father on a riding mower at their home.

Ireland rested peacefully over the weekend, but battled a fever which eventually went down.

Monday's surgery, which began around 10:00 a.m., ended shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Family and friends say there has been an outpouring of support from across the country. 

On Sunday, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater dedicated their morning service to Ireland. "Today is just another step in the process of all of us trying to do what we can to help the Nugent family," said Scott Warnock, who's wife worked with Ireland's mother at the church's preschool.

"We're close friends with the family. We've been at the hospital with them and they've expressed that all of the support that keeps coming in, that their hearing about, is really what's helping to keep them upbeat. Along with Ireland's recovery which seems to be going well. Better than we had hoped," Scott said.

According to the family's pastor, Reverend Dennis Reid, people all over the country have been touched by Ireland's story. "We have had a phenomenal response. Not only from our local community but I've personally have spoken to people from Iowa, from Montana, from all over the country. Some of the more heartwarming stories are families that have called and said, we had a similar experience and we want to reach out to the family and say there is  life after this."

Friends and fellow church members are just glad to hear the family is staying strong. "They're doing good. They've had ups and downs, and just trying to accept things," Susan Ulrich told us. She used to be neighbors with the Nugent family and their kids all still play together. "We've seen her a few times in the hospital and she looks good and we're just happy that she's doing well."

Family and friends have set up a Facebook page to keep people updated on Ireland's recovery progress: https://www.facebook.com/IrelandNugentSupport.

You can also make a donation to the family by visiting www.TrinityClearwater.org
 

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