Hospital Denies 2-Year-Old Life-Saving Surgery Because of Dad's Probation Violation

Hospital Denies 2-Year-Old Life-Saving Surgery Because of Dad's Probation Violation

Hospital Denies 2-Year-Old Life-Saving Surgery Because of Dad's Probation Violation

A 2-year-old boy has been denied a life-saving kidney transplant from his father, a 100 percent match, because of red tape between the hospital and police.

Burgess told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the hospital had even requested Dickerson's temporary release from jail for the pre-op work on September 29, but he was not released until three days later.

AJ's father, Anthony Dickerson, was tested and proved to be the flawless match to give his son a kidney; however, he was in prison for violating his probation on weapons charges.

According to WTSP, Dickerson was arrested in Georgia for violating his probation last month and charged with possession of a firearm. He was sent back to jail but was soon released.

"Mr. Dickerson is now in custody for a parole violation". The surgery was scheduled.

When WTSP reached out to Emory to get clarification as to why the surgery was postponed, hospital officials said they couldn't get into specifics because it violated patient confidentiality.

It read: "The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory as asked Mr. Dickerson for evidence of compliance from his parole officer for the next three months".

Dickerson was told his status would re-evaluated in January 2018, but Burgess' mother says that could be too late.

"What do he got to do with the mistakes I made?"

"He's only 2, he don't deserve this", she said tearfully to NBC affiliate WXIA.

"The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info", Carmella Burgess explained. And Dad making a mistake shouldn't affect what he wants to do with our son.

Even though jail records show Dickerson was released October 2, the child's surgery has not been rescheduled for this year. His father is a ideal match for a transplant, but his criminal past has the process caught up in red tape.

Emory Healthcare declined to reveal specific information about this case, but it said in a statement issued to WGCL-TV that policies regarding organ transplants are created to maximize the likelihood of success for both the organ recipient and the living donor.

Emory University Medical Center told TODAY that it can not share specific information about its patients, but that it is "committed to the highest quality of care".

The family told the news station that they are at a loss - A.J., who had a stroke a couple of months ago, needs the transplant, and putting him on a waiting list for a kidney will take too long. And although Carmellia started an online petition asking Emory to reverse its decision, she doesn't believe it will make a difference. "I just keep praying about it". "That's all we can do".

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