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RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia family may learn Thursday whether or not doctors at VCU Medical Center will be permitted to administer a brain death test on their two-year-old daughter.

Patrick and Alison Lawson, from Northern Virginia, are in a legal battle with the hospital over the right to keep their daughter Mirranda Grace on life support.

"She got a hold of a kernel of popcorn and inhaled it," Patrick Lawson said about the May 11 incident that left his daughter in the hospital. "I did CPR on her until the paramedics got there."

Doctors believe Mirranda is past the point of recovery.

They want to administer the test that would prove whether or not Mirranda could live without the help of machines.

Her parents think their daughter needs more time to recover.

On May 31, a judge delayed a ruling on the mater calling the situation too sensitive for a quick decision

Mirranda’s father said he was working to get his daughter home and in the care of private nurses.

He also said they wanted her transferred to another hospital.

A VCU Medical Center doctor, who treated Mirranda, said the child met the criteria for brain death.

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

The case will go before a Richmond judge Thursday afternoon.