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Court battle: Toddler on life support who choked on popcorn

  • In this Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo, Patrick Lawson, father of 2-year-old Mirranda Grace Lawson, chokes up during an interview near the hospital where his daughter is being treated in Richmond, Va. Mirranda has been on life support since May 11 after choking on a piece of popcorn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    In this Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo, Patrick Lawson, father of 2-year-old Mirranda Grace Lawson, chokes up during an interview near the hospital where his daughter is being treated in Richmond, Va. Mirranda has been on life support since May 11 after choking on a piece of popcorn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo, Patrick Lawson, father of 2-year old Mirranda Grace Lawson, wears a wristband during an interview near the hospital where his daughter is being treated in Richmond, Va. Mirranda has been on life support since May 11 after choking on a piece of popcorn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    In this Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo, Patrick Lawson, father of 2-year old Mirranda Grace Lawson, wears a wristband during an interview near the hospital where his daughter is being treated in Richmond, Va. Mirranda has been on life support since May 11 after choking on a piece of popcorn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this  Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo, Patrick Lawson, father of 2-year old Mirranda Grace Lawson, gestures during an interview near the hospital where his daughter is being treated in Richmond, Va. Mirranda has been on life support since May 11 after choking on a piece of popcorn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    In this Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo, Patrick Lawson, father of 2-year old Mirranda Grace Lawson, gestures during an interview near the hospital where his daughter is being treated in Richmond, Va. Mirranda has been on life support since May 11 after choking on a piece of popcorn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

A 2-year-old Virginia girl who choked on a popcorn kernel in May has been on life support ever since. Now the family of Mirranda Grace Lawson is battling in the courts against a hospital that wants doctors conduct a brain death test on the toddler.

Doctors with the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System say they're certain Mirranda won't recover. They want to perform the test they believe will confirm she's brain dead.

But Lawson's parents have refused, saying they worry it will harm her. They believe she'll open her eyes again one day.

The Richmond Circuit Court ruled against the Lawsons last month, but the family is appealing to the Virginia Supreme Court.