Family of 2-year-old on life support after choking on popcorn fight for alternative treatment

Mirranda’s father, Patrick Lawson, said he felt his daughter needed more time before they explored different treatments. But VCU Medical Center took it to the courts.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The family of 2-year-old Mirranda Grace is back in court Thursday, fighting against VCU Medical Center in hopes to finding an alternative treatment that will keep their daughter alive.

Back on May 31, the judge agreed to give the family 10 days to find another hospital who will treat her.

“We are hoping that there is another hospital that is willing to take her in and do that for her — give her the best chance to live,” said Phillip Menke, the family’s lawyer.

A month ago, Mirranda choked on a popcorn kernel, suffered from cardiac arrest, and has been on life support ever since.

Doctors wanted to do a brain apnea test to determine if Mirranda was definitely brain dead after her brain stem was not functioning.

Mirranda’s father, Patrick Lawson, said he felt his daughter needed more time before they explored different treatments. But VCU Medical Center took it to the courts.

“Everyday that they don’t perform that test is another day she gets to study for it,” Lawson said.

People in the community, some who have never even met the family before, is standing by their side and hoping for a miracle.

“Stop this fighting. This is simply a man asking for time, for Gods will. That is all this man is asking for. Every minute he has to go to court, he is taken away from his daughter,” said Mirranda’s mother, Teresa Shelton.

The VCU Health System sent 8News the following statement:

VCU Health System is fully committed to the care of Mirranda Lawson and to assisting her parents and family. The child has been in the pediatric intensive care unit for more than two weeks, and the family continues to oppose medical tests that would help the child’s medical team ascertain her condition. Because of this, we have asked the court for its guidance in this very difficult situation. To assist in its deliberations, the court has appointed a guardian ad litem for an impartial assessment and recommendation regarding what is in the best interest of the child. VCU Health System will fully cooperate with the guardian ad litem’s assessment and any guidance provided by the court.

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