2-Year-Old's Transplant on Hold Due to Dad's Probation Violation

  • 2-Year-Old's Transplant on Hold Due to Dad's Probation Violation

2-Year-Old's Transplant on Hold Due to Dad's Probation Violation

The boy spent 10 months in a neonatal intensive care unit and now weighs just 25 pounds. He was supposed to receive an organ from his father, Anthony Dickerson, at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. The academic medical center told the family it would reevaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018. "And I finally got him, and he's in this situation".

"Mr. Dickerson is now in custody for a parole violation". He was released and went through all of the proper channels to donate his kidney to his son.

At first, he claims Emory Hospital officials in Atlanta weren't too concerned about his recent arrest sending a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail supporting his involvement in the upcoming procedure.

Dickerson was arrested on September 28 - on a firearms charge - a day before he was scheduled for blood work and a pre-operative appointment.

"Mr. Dickerson is now in custody for a parole violation".

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. "We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of his completed documentation".

AJ's family claims that Dickerson's probation violation should not impede the surgery.

"They got our hopes up, " Burgess said on TODAY. "He's been through a lot". "We've been waiting for so long for this, and we were right at the front door". "And Dad making a mistake shouldn't affect what he wants to do with our son".

The hospital has declined to comment to the media because of "privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality", according to the AJC and 11 Alive.

In a later statement, an Emory spokeswoman said its guidelines for organ transplants are "designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors".

The family has the option of getting on the kidney transplant wait list to find another match, but they aren't hopeful a match would happen any time soon.

But according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, a nonprofit that manages the transplant system in the United States, living donors "should be in good overall physical and mental health". It did not specifically mention incarceration. He suffered a stroke two months ago and his body is beginning to fail and will continue to fail unless he undergoes bladder surgery.