A dad has been told he can’t donate a kidney to save his two-year-old son’s life because of his criminal record.
Anthony Junior, (AJ), Dickerson, was born one month prematurely without functioning kidneys and has been ‘fighting for his life’ from the day he was born.
His dad, Anthony, was tested as a ‘perfect match’ and wanted to donate one of his kidneys to his son, but the family said the ‘hospital stopped the plan’.
AJ’s mum, Carmella Burgess told 11 Alive news:
Two steps closer to giving him a kidney and we got shut down, basically.
Dickerson was arrested on a probation violation and charged with possession of a firearm.
This was not deemed to be an issue for the surgeons initially, who said they would perform the operation.
He said the Emory Hospital, in Atlanta, wrote a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail, where he was held, saying the surgery would go ahead if he could be transported to an appointment at the end of September, writes WTHR Channel 13.
However, once he was released, Dickerson says the hospital’s tone changed, asking for proof he was complying with his parole officer for the next three months.
The hospital said Dickerson would be re-evaluated in January.
What do he [AJ] got to do with the mistakes I made? Nothing.
Carmella told CBS46 Dickerson was actually back out of jail before the scheduled transplant surgeries and the hospital decided his ‘parole-violating activities made him unsuitable as an organ donor’, saying:
The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behaviour for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically.
The Living Donor Transplant Team at the Emory hospital has asked Mr. Dickerson for ‘evidence of compliance from his parole officer for the next three months’, adding:
We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of his completed documentation.
Carmella set up a GoFundMe page for AJ in the hope of raising $7,000, which has since been exceeded.
Writing on the GoFundMe, Carmella wrote:
My 2 year old son Anthony Jr was born without both of his kidneys.
He has been fighting for his life since the day he came into this world. Due to this I have been unable to keep a stable job because of numerous doctor’s appointments and the smallest thing causing him to end up back and forth to the hospital.
I am just trying to get some financial stability because I still have to provide for all of my kids as well as myself. Anything will be greatly appreciated & if you can’t donate, your prayers are always welcome..WE NEED THEM THE MOST!! Thank you in advance.
Carmella believes January 2018 may be too late, telling CBS46 AJ’s body is ‘starting to fail and he needs bladder surgery’.