Medicine

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from dad because of probation violation

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from dad because of probation violation

According to WTSP, Dickerson was arrested in Georgia for violating his probation last month and charged with possession of a firearm.

Dickerson, 26, was first arrested in 2011 on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge, AJC.com reported.

Dickerson has had several run-ins with the law. He was released this month on a $2,600 bond.

After his release, he was prepared to undergo surgery to donate a kidney to his son. But after Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation, Emory Hospital in Atlanta reportedly refused to perform the surgery.

Carmellia Burgess, Anthony Jr.'s mother, said the delay came as surprise because the hospital had previously been supportive of the transplant, even sending a request to the the Gwinnett County Jail for Dickerson's temporary release.

The parents now say that the hospital is punishing AJ because of the actions of his father. "And I finally got him, and he's in this situation".

Although Dickenson has a troubled past, Burgess says he promised that his son would be one thing he did right in his life, according to the Atlanta Journal. Two months ago, he suffered a stroke.

"He's only two", Burgess said. "We've been waiting so long for this".

'He's been through a lot.

"Dad making a mistake shouldn't affect what he wants to do with our son". It has garnered more than 18,400 signatures, but Burgess said she doubts the petition will make a difference.

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According to Dickerson, he later received a letter that said the life-saving surgery is to be put on hold until next year.

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

"Mr. Dickerson is now in custody for a parole violation", the alleged letter stated.

Now they are saying they will "re-evaulate" the surgery in January 2018, but only if Dickerson can provide written proof he completed probation.

When contacted, the hospital (above) said it would not comment on this specific case, though it did outline its policies regarding organ donors.

But the boy may not survive until January, his mother told local media.

The hospital was also asked about how someone being arrested impacts the possibility of donating a kidney - and they would not answer the question. Burgess said that his life is in danger.

"Guidelines for organ transplantation are created to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors", Janet Christenbury, a hospital spokeswoman, told AJC.com.

The family's other option is for A.J.to join the kidney transplant waiting list - but that could take years.


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