Woman in wheelchair dies two weeks after rescued from burning home

Woman in wheelchair dies two weeks after rescued from burning home
LaSonja Fox
Source: Rhonda Simmons, The Free Lance-Star
Source: Rhonda Simmons, The Free Lance-Star

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - A wheelchair-bound woman was taken off of life-support following a house fire in Spotsylvania.

The woman, 37-year-old LaSonja Fox, had spina bifida and could not walk, the victim's sister told The Free Lance-Star. She was taken off of life-support on Thursday evening and died early Friday morning.

She had been on life support since Feb. 8.

Myra Fox is mourning the loss of her daughter, LaSonja.

"We were sleeping and my oldest daughter Sharika smelled smoke," said Myra.

Immediately, Myra and her family ran from the house, but when they got outside LaSonja was missing.

"We went back and tried to get her, but the smoke had already filled the floor," said Myra.

On the morning of Feb. 7, firefighters had to push through the "heavily involved" house fire to reach Fox at the back of the home.

"It was just really frustrating, really scary. We didn't see them get her out, but they let us know that they had to revive her a couple of times," said Myra.

Myra was confident LaSonja would pull through. After all,  LaSonja was no stranger to fighting the odds.

"In her lifetime, she had about 97 surgeries, and she came through all of them with flying colors. She was a fighter," said Myra. "I thought she was going to make it."

But after two weeks at VCU Medical Center, the doctors made a grim discovery. LaSonja had suffered major brain damage and was left in a vegetative state from smoke inhailaion.

"We made a decision that she didn't need to suffer anymore," said Myra.

LaSonja leaves behind a mother, an older sister and a daughter of her own.

"She had a little girl named Myracle, and that was her heart and life. She took the best care of her little girl that she could," said Myra.

Now, as Myra begins to pick up the pieces, they vow to keep LaSonja's memory alive through her daughter.

"She basically would want us to take care of her baby, so that's what we're going to do," said Myra.

A GoFundMe has been created for the family who lost their home in the fire.

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