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Family to open trust account for medical, funeral expenses

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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 3:54 pm | Updated: 7:29 am, Sat Oct 26, 2013.

Nine-year-old Eden Miranda’s condition improved Friday to stable, according to his uncle, who addressed media at a press conference at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento.

The brother of Luis Miranda, Eden Miranda’s father, who was killed along with his pregnant wife and Eden’s two brothers and sister, publicly thanked the people of Lodi for their prayers, expressions of affection and financial generosity.

With the help of the Mexican Consulate and personal injury attorney Doug Gessell, who represents the consulate, Felipe Miranda and the remaining family will be setting up their own trust fund to pay for Eden’s medical expenses at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and to transport his family members’ bodies to Mexico for a holy burial.

“My brother, Luis, his wife, Viviana, and their children ... were very dear people in Lodi, where we live, because they were good, hard-working people, seeking for a better future for themselves, their children and their community in this country. Unfortunately, their plans have been disrupted in the tragic way that you all know,” Felipe Miranda said in a written statement he read in Spanish. Following, Gessell read the same statement in English.

“We are asking for a thorough and complete investigation of what happened in this tragic accident and that justice be done, especially for our nephew ... so he may continue his life as his parents and brothers had desired,” Felipe Miranda said.

He and Gessell declined to answer media questions.

Later, Gessell told the News-Sentinel that setting up an official trust fund is important, so that it is recognized by the Mexican Consulate and trusted by potential donors.

“We know there are many people who want to help little Eden and his family, and we would like to express out gratitude in advance for all the support that we have received, as we have many unexpected expenses,” Felipe Miranda read.

Trust fund details will be released to the media at a later time. The family plans to contact those who have already established accounts for fundraising efforts.

Meanwhile, consulate officials are also working to bring relatives from Guerrero, Mexico, to Eden Miranda’s bedside, although those details were not discussed at Friday’s press conference.

Officials are expediting U.S. travel permissions to allow two sets of grandparents from Mexico to visit Eden Miranda, according to Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Mexican consul general.

Sacramento Bee reporter Peter Hecht and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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