There is nothing more awful than the death of a child. A life so brief and so innocent doesn’t deserve to get snuffed out before they’ve had a chance to experience the world. Tragically, however, some children pass on to another world ahead of their time, like the sweet older sibling of the rainbow baby.
When children pass away, it is almost always a little comfort to know that their time here on Earth will make the difference in the life span of another little one. That is certainly the case for Mirranda Grace Lawson, a very small toddler that passed away in early November 2016, six months after choking on a popcorn kernel.
Her death was a horrible accident, but now her parents are hoping to share their story with other families, and help increase awareness about the sudden choking hazards that surround us every day. For small Mirranda, one popcorn kernel took away her entire future, along with her parents don’t want any other families to experience that heartbreak.
Mirranda Grace Lawson passed away in November, but her fight started 6 months earlier, in May of 2016.
Alison Lawson, Mirranda’s mother, was celebrating her birthday with a day at home with all of her kids, and her husband Patrick. The whole family spent a joyful day together, until the very end.
As stated by the GoFundMe webpage put together from the Lawsons’ niece, Bobbie Jo Cordie, the birthday festivities were drawing to a close when something went terribly wrong.
“At the end of Alison’s birthday, Mirranda hurried into the living room.
Eyes huge, no sound. Time ceased.
These were the last moments they shared before Mirranda fell to the floor; they drifted her mouth , nothing; Pat began CPR.
The ambulance got there, Mirranda’s heart stopped.”
There was nothing in Mirranda’s mouth, but, presumably lodged deep in her windpipe, a piece of popcorn was cutting off her air.
At that point, the family had no way of knowing how great the damage was.
The hospital planned to take Mirranda off of life support, but the Lawsons fought to give her more time.
They took their fight through the Virginia court system, pleading for their daughter to have any chance, however small, to recover from the tragedy.
Meanwhile, six months passed, and Mirranda remained on life support.
She was tended by careful nurses, one of whom even took the time to make this sweet note (with Mirranda’s) footprint for her dad.
Though Pat and Alison Lawson fought hard to keep their little girl in this world, the court never had to make a decision.
Mirranda’s health deteriorated, and she passed away on her own in November, leaving behind a world that wasn’t ready to lose her.
Now, it’s up to us to honor Mirranda’s memory and her brief, beautiful life, and raise awareness about choking hazards.
Cordie notes, “This all was caused by a piece of popcorn. (Please share the threat of popcorn, someone may not know)”