TAMPA (AP) — A Tampa Bay area toddler whose feet were amputated after her father accidentally backed over her with a riding lawnmower had a special meeting with her hero.
Ireland Nugent, 2, has often been seen clutching a stuffed animal of Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, in her wheelchair since the April 11 accident. She even carried the toy with her when she left the hospital nearly a month after the accident.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Temps In The 30s This Weekend
On Saturday, she got to meet the real Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
She initially cried, but soon reached out and touched the mammal.READ MORE: Possibility Of New Surfside Building Has Residents Worried
Winter lost her tail to a crab trap and has become an ambassador to those who have lost limbs.
Ireland underwent seven surgeries and will be fitted for prosthetic feet in the coming weeks.MORE NEWS: South Florida Winn Dixie & Fresco y Mas Pharmacies Expect To Get N95 Masks On Friday
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