A 2-year-old boy in need of life changing kidney transplant is being denied treatment even though he has a donor that’s a perfect match.
Camilla and Anthony Dickerson’s son, A.J. was born a month early and without kidneys. Two months ago, he suffered a stroke and since then he’s spent almost every day at the hospital in need of care.
Doctors told his family that A.J’s only chance at living a normal life would be having kidney transplant surgery.
His father turned out to be 110 percent match for an organ donation. But soon after, Dickerson was arrested for a parole violation for possessing a firearm.
According to the Atlanta CBS station WGCL, Emory Hospital sent a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail requesting to have Dickerson escorted to the hospital for blood work and his preoperative appointment so the surgery could go on as scheduled.
But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta refuse to perform the operation because he served time in jail.
“As a lot of u know my son A.J was born without kidneys. He now needs a kidney transplant in order to be able to continue on with a healthy life. His father...was cleared as a 110% match. They scheduled the transplant surgery for October 3rd but on September 28th Anthony.. [was] arrested," his mom said in a Facebook post.
"The hospital wrote a letter to the jail stating that he would be giving his son his kidney and needed to be released as soon as possible. The jail released him and now Emory University Hospital is denying Anthony because they say he gets in too much trouble and they no longer want to use his kidney! I'm confused as to what that has to do with him giving his son his healthy kidney! This is pure discrimination...they are putting a delay on my son's transplant for no reason! This little boy is suffering for no reason at all!"
After Dickerson was released, the hospital sent another letter to the family that said they needed evidence of compliance from his parole officer and that they would re-evaluate if he was still eligible to be a donor in January 2018.
The family says waiting until January could be too late. And now their only option now is to get on a very long kidney transplant wait list.
<h4>"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," his mother wrote. "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 help and would be greatly appreciated!"</h4>
The family started a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for the toddlers medical costs while he waits for surgery.
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