Emory Hospital wants to wait until January 2018 to re-evaluate Anthony Dickerson to see if he has been on good behavior for three or four months before he can donate a kidney to his son. Trouble is, the clock is ticking for 2-year-old AJ Burgess. He needs the transplant sooner rather than later.
Burgess has had a tough time since he was born a month early and without a kidney. He spent much of his life in neonatal intensive care. He is just 25 pounds. According to CBS46 in Atlanta, Dickerson was tested and determined to be a perfect match to give his son a kidney, while he was in prison for violating his probation on weapons charges.
“He made it his business to say once I get out I’m gonna promise to my son that he can get a kidney,” AJ’s mother Carmella told CBS46.
According to CBS46, Dickerson got out and was set to go through the proper procedures and donate his kidney to his son October 3. But he went back to jail for violating his parole again for possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies. When he got out, everything changed.
“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 CBS46.
According to CBS46, Emory Healthcare issued the following statement regarding the issue: “Emory Healthcare is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients. Guidelines for organ transplantation are designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors. Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about patients.”
So, the family waits. Carmella told CBS46, “AJ’s body is starting to fail and he needs bladder surgery.”
Thanks to the Twitterverse, there’s a petition on change.org, to encourage Emory Hospital to do the transplant as soon as possible.