Family home burglarized as Virginia parents spend final moments with dying 22-month-old daughter at Ohio hospital


A Virginia family reeling from a three-month hospital stay that ended with the tragic death of their 22-month-old girl are now dealing with more heartache after finding their home had been ransacked and burglarized while they comforted their dying daughter.

Little Elsa Prather was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support Sunday, 90 days after being hit by the strongest bout of epileptic seizures she endured during her short life.

The smiling little girl suffered from Dravet Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder without a cure that causes seizures and impairs brain function.

The strong cluster of seizures more than three months ago sent the little girl and her parents to St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, before she was flown by private plane to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio last week for specialized treatment.

But doctors there realized there was nothing they could do for the brain dead child, so the devastated parents, Alissa and Graham Prather, spent Saturday night sleeping beside their child before removing her from life support Sunday,according to WTVR-TV.

“Our sweet angel got her wings this morning. We were able to hold her while she passed and Graham and I feel like the luckiest people in the world that she chose us,” Alissa wrote Sunday on a Facebook page called “Elsa Grahams Journey.” “She gifted her kidneys, liver cells, heart valves, tissue and cartilage to save the lives of other babies and has given the gift of her brain to Harvard for Epilepsy research. Thank you for your thoughts through this journey, your prayers and your love. Elsa has given more to us than we could have ever imagined and now we are lucky enough to have her protecting us from above.”



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