A 2-year-old Georgia toddler who was born prematurely can’t the kidney he needs because his father violated probation.
AJ Burgress was born a month too soon without a working kidney, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a perfect match, however, surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation.
WGCL reports that Dickerson was prepared to donate his kidney in early October after being released from prison. But he was sent back to jail due to a parole violation for possessing a firearm “during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.”
At that point, everything changed according to AJ’s mother Carmella. The hospital told the family they would need three to four months before Dickerson could donate his kidney.
“The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. he said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,” Carmella told CBS News.
The hospital’s director of media relations, Janet Christenbury, said that guidelines for organ transplantation are meant “to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors.”
“Transplant decisions regarding donors are made based on many medical, social and psychological factors,” she said.
This has caused great concern for Carmella who fears that waiting until 2018 may be too late for her son. She told CBS news that A.J. needs bladder surgery and his body is failing.
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