Family of 2-year-old on life support says she is recovering

Family of 2-year-old on life support says she is recovering

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Video posted Thursday shows 2-year-old Mirranda Grace in her hospital bed at VCU Medical Center where she's been on life support for nearly two months after choking on a popcorn kernel. Now a legal group is stepping in to assist as the court battle rages on.

Life Legal Defense Foundation out of California is offering help. They're all working to get Mirranda home, but the hospital says they're already doing all they can.

VCU Medical Center representatives have said there is no hope for recovery, and doctors want to perform a brain death test. But her father, Patrick Lawson, says there are signs she's getting better with wounds on her body healing, requiring less medication, and when scripture is read by her mother, a jump in blood pressure.

"She's not acting like someone who is brain dead," said Lawson.

The Lawsons have been in and out of the courtroom with VCU Medical Center for weeks. At the last hearing, the judge gave the go-ahead for the brain death test, but Attorney Phil Menke filed an appeal and now Life Legal Defense Foundation has stepped in.

"They have made the decision that Mirranda has to die, and that is not acceptable," said Life Legal Defense Foundation's executive director, Alexandra Snyder.

While every other local hospital is refusing to take Mirranda in, Snyder says there are long term facilities that might. Ideally, they'd bring Mirranda home.

"She needs to have a breathing tube and a feeding tube. She needs to be portable so she can be transported," said Snyder.

"There's people praying for her across the world. What greater testimony is that," said Lawson.

VCU Medical Center released a statement:

In the nearly two months Mirranda Lawson has been in the VCU Medical Center pediatric critical care unit, her expert and compassionate medical team has provided around-the-clock, highly-specialized critical care that cannot be given in a home setting. Other agencies and hospitals have reviewed her case and are either not able to support her intensive care needs or they indicated they would not do anything different than what is already being done. This is a difficult situation.  Mirranda's medical team and everyone involved want the best for Mirranda and her family.

The Supreme Court date is set for September. VCU Medical Center has filed a motion to expedite the appeal.

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