Two-year-old A.J. was born without kidneys.
He suffers from various health ailments and requires constant care. He survived a stroke very recently, and his parents spend lots of time in and out of doctor’s appointments, WXIA reports.
His cure for a healthier life “sits beside him.” A.J.’s father, Anthony Dickerson is a perfect match for his son. However, despite his willingness, Dickerson is not allowed to donate his kidney to his “miracle baby.”
When Dickerson was arrested for violating his probation last month, Emory Hospital in Georgia changed how they looked at the situation. When Dickerson was first arrested, the hospital sent a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail that read:
Mr. Dickerson is currently in custody for a parole violation. If Mr. Dickerson could be escorted to Emory for blood work and a pre-operative appointment tomorrow, September 29, we will be able to continue with the scheduled surgery.
However, shortly after upon his release, a follow-up 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. We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of his completed documentation.
Dickerson is frustrated with the hospital’s decision. He said:
“That’s all I ever wanted — was a son. And I finally got him, and he’s in this situation.”
A.J.’s mom, Carmella Burgess, shares similar sentiments:
“Two steps closer to giving him a kidney and we got shut down, basically.
It’s about my son. He’s been through a lot. It’s like we’ve been waiting on this. And Dad making a mistake shouldn’t affect what he wants to do with our son.”
Exasperated, the parents can’t understand why a father’s mistake should impact the health of their toddler. Dickerson is “healthy and clean,” and doesn’t want his actions to impact his son’s quality of life.
The couple’s only option now is to put their names down on the kidney transplant waitlist. Sadly, the waitlist is long, and could take ages for A.J. to find the match he needs. Of her son, Burgess said:
“They’re making this about Dad. It’s about our 2-year-old son.”