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

A Georgia couple says a hospital has delayed a life-saving kidney transplant for their two-year-old son AJ, who was supposed to receive the organ from his father before it was learned he violated his probation

Toddler's kidney transplant stalled due to dad's latest arrest

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

Anthony Dickerson, Jr., was born without a kidney, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. However, once he walked out of jail, the hospital changed its plans.

Finding a transplant wasn't hard, as A.J's father Anthony Dickerson is a 110% match.

"That's all I ever wanted - was a son", the 26-year-old father told the news station. "And I finally got him, and he's in this situation". While he was in prison for violating his probation on weapons charges, AJ's father was tested and proved to be a 110 percent match for an organ donation.

She has set up an online petition urging the hospital to greenlight the surgery sooner than January 2018. Dickerson was arrested for possession of a firearm.

"Mr. Dickerson is as of now in authority for a parole infringement", the charged letter expressed.

Dickerson said initially the hospital was complying with his arrest, allowing him to be escorted to Emory Hospital for pre-opperative appointments. But after Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation, Emory Hospital in Atlanta reportedly refused to perform the surgery.

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The surgery was planned for October 3 at Emory University Hospital but when the day of the surgery came, the family was informed it would have to be delayed until Dickerson could prove he has complied with his parole officer for three months, according to a letter to the family from the hospital obtained by the AJC. "And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically", said Carmella.

Dickerson and his family do not understand how a parole violation should be connected to their son's surgery, especially since Dickerson is healthy and ready to go forward with the transplant.

Burgess was extremely upset by the hospital's decision, saying it is endangering her son. "He's been through a lot. We've been waiting so long for this". "And Dad making a mistake shouldn't affect what he wants to do with our son".

The hospital could not comment on specific patients' cases.

"Rules for organ transplantation are meant to amplify the shot of progress for organ beneficiaries and limit chance for living benefactors", Janet Christenbury, a clinic representative, told

You will need to answer all the questions that are asked.

WGCL looked up a statement detailing the organ transplant procedure from the United Network for Organ Sharing.

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