PALM HARBOR, Fla. (WFLA) – The first day of school was very special for a Palm Harbor girl who survived a horrible accident back in 2013.
Ireland Nugent was two years old when her father accidentally backed over her with a riding lawnmower in the family’s driveway. The accident severed both of Ireland’s ankles.
The story of the precocious little girl with blonde curls and a big smile touched the hearts of people around the world. Ireland was showered with well wishes and offers of help.
One of those who offered support was Steve Chamberland, a former wrestler who lost part of a leg in a motorcycle accident. Chamberland runs the charity 50Legs.org which provides amputees with prosthetic legs. He provided Ireland with prosthetic legs, including a new pair for her to wear to kindergarten.
“Getting our legs ready for Kindergarten. Mommy’s more nervous than you. She’s so excited!” wrote Ireland Nugent’s mother, Nicole, on the Ireland Nugent Family Support Facebook page.
Nicole has been posting photos of Ireland’s progress on the Facebook page. On Monday morning, it was the first day of school in Pinellas County and the first day of kindergarten for Ireland.
“No tears, no nothing! Ready to face the world! When I had an alone moment with her this morning I explained to her that people might stare. But, only because she’s beautiful. She said that they stare because she doesn’t have legs, and they were jealous! Lol Please hope this little princess makes it through the day!!!” wrote Nicole Nugent alongside an adorable photo of her daughter, all ready for the first day of school.