‘She’s my superhero’: Brave toddler who lost both legs after father ran over her in horrific lawnmower accident takes first steps on prosthetic limbs, The Daily Mail Online, 6/17/2013

Another great article from “across the pond,” where they were also cheering Ireland on as she took her first steps. This sweet and brave girl is winning the hearts and admiration of people all over the world!   Read the Daily Mail (UK) article by clicking here


Tampa Bay News 10 feature, “Ireland Nugent takes her first steps,” 6/17/2013

In this news report POA’s Rick Shultz, who like Ireland also lost a leg in a lawnmower accident when he was two years old, is also featured.  Rick has no doubt that Ireland has a full, active, and amazing life ahead–just like he has.  🙂   Tampa Bay News 10 broadcast featuring Ireland and Rick


Tampa Bay Times article, “Nothing will Hold her Back,” 6/17/2013

Tampa Bay Times article on Ireland Nugent’s big day! Her laminated prostheses will be fabricated tomorrow–one with Dora the Explorer and Boots and the other will have a pretty pink Minnie Mouse design. (why make a choice when you can have BOTH!:)♥   Tampa Bay Times article


Ireland Nugent takes her first steps on her prosthetic legs at POA! Our photos and WESH News Video/Article, 6/17/2013

There was not a dry eye in the house as Ireland took her first steps on her new prosthetic legs.  The first thing she asked Stan was, “I’m going to take my legs home?” ♥ How could he say no? Ireland left wearing the check sockets which were generously decorated with Dora the Explorer stickers (Stan’s great idea!!!). Tomorrow she will receive her laminated sockets; one with a Dora design and the other with a Minnie Mouse theme.    WESH News Orlando Feature on Ireland Nugent’s First Steps

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Ireland Nugent begins prosthetic fitting process at POA today, 6/13/2013

Today we met Ireland Nugent and her family. Ireland, who lost both her feet in a lawnmower accident, is now ready to begin the prosthetic fitting process. It won’t be long before she is walking (and anything else she wants to do) again! ♥ Click on the following links to view news article and videos.    Fox News Tampa: Ireland’s Introduction to prosthetics News 10 Tampa: Ireland’s first visit to POA



POA Patients to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! — How to Support “Team Leg-a-Manjaro”

In January 2014, an all POA team of amputees with various levels of amputation will undertake an incredible challenge — they will bravely attempt to climb over 19,000 feet to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro!!!! In doing so they hope to provide inspiration for other amputees and demonstrate that a disability doesn’t determine where you can go; it merely determines where your start. 🙂

Please consider helping this remarkable group of people, each one with an extraordinary story of survival and recovery, to accomplish this goal. They have a fundraising goal of $60K over the next 60 days!!! Please join us in supporting Team Leg-A-Manjaro… This dream can only be realized with your support!

Following is a link to Team Leg-a-Manjaro trip information and contribution page: Leg-a-manjaro Trip


POA Patient Athletes training for 2014 Paralympic Games

POA patients Amy Purdy and Evan Strong both made the U.S. Snowboarding team and are training for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia!!!!!

Currently, Evan is ranked #1 in the World and Amy is ranked #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the World in their sport of Para-snowboard Boardercross. Boardercross is a race down a hill and through jumps, burms, and obstacles.

Congratulations, Amy and Evan!!!