A Virginia court has issued an order permitting a hospital to perform a brain test test over the family’s objections.
Here is a quick recap of the chronology:
- May 11: 2-year-old Miranda Grace Lawson chokes on a popcorn kernel, suffering an anoxic brain injury.
- May 11: She is transferred to VCU Medical Center, where clinicians determine that she is probably dead.
- May 19: Patrick Lawson seeks a temporary injunction preventing VCU from conducting an apnea test to confirm that Miranda has died.
- May 20: The court finds no reason to extend the May 19 TRO.
- May 20: The parents physically block clinicians from performing the apnea test. They also give clinicians a handwritten note objecting to the test.
- May 23: The hospital files a petition seeking permission to perform the test.
- May 26: The court holds a hearing and continues the injunction for 10 days, so that the family can find a transfer facility.
- June 10: The court allows the hospital to proceed with the apnea test.
The family will likely appeal the ruling and stay its effect pending the appellate court’s decision.