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Judge rules 2-year-old girl can be tested for ‘brain death’

Posted at 1:17 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 18:05:50-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A judge has ruled VCU Medical Center doctors were allowed to perform a brain death test on two-year-old Mirranda Grace Lawson. Mirranda Grace has been on life support since mid-May after she choked on a popcorn kernel.

"The Court finds that, with medical advice, the parents are informed regarding the medical care they believe appropriate for their child. However, sufficient time has elapsed for transfer to another medical institution or home for the provision of such desired medical care, without success," courts documents indicated.

Mirranda Grace's parents asked for more time to see if their daughter would recover in the hospital.

They also sought permission to transfer Mirranda Grace out of VCU Medical Center.

Doctors in Richmond believed Mirranda Grace was past the point of recovery.

They wanted to administer the brain death test that would prove whether or not Mirranda Grace could live without the help of machines.

If the brain test determined she was in fact brain dead, doctors said her treatment would have to stop.

Mirranda Grace's parents, Patrick and Alison Lawson, previously said they planned to appeal the ruling if it did not go their way.

This is a developing story.