In a odd twist of events, a #Hospital in Georgia has postponed a 2-year-old boy's Kidney transplant after the donor, who is his father, was arrested for violating parole, #Fox News reported. "All I ever wanted was a son", Dickerson says. For 10 months, AJ was in the neonatal intensive care unit at Scottish Rite, reported CBS 46.
Little A.J.'s transplant surgery was scheduled for October 3 at Emory University Hospital but then the hospital learned his father was arrested the previous month, prompting them to cancel the surgery.
'What do he got to do with the mistakes I made?
Dickerson was most recently arrested on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime, according to the AJC.
"The Living Donor Team at Emory has asked Mr. Dickerson of consistence from his probation officer for the following three months", the indicated letter stated, as indicated by WTSPdotcom. He was released and went through all of the proper channels to donate his kidney to his son. But after Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation, Emory Hospital in Atlanta reportedly refused to perform the surgery.
The hospital reportedly sent a letter while Dickerson was in Gwinnett County Jail, saying "Mr. Dickerson is now in custody for a parole violation".
Dickerson said initially the hospital was complying with his arrest, allowing him to be escorted to Emory Hospital for pre-opperative appointments. "We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of his completed documentation".
"They're making this about dad", Burgess said.
"He's only 2", A.J.'s mother, Carmella Burgess, said. She added the transplant was urgent as Dickerson Jr had suffered a stroke last month, further complicating his condition.
A spokesperson added: "Emory Healthcare is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients. Guidelines for organ transplantation are created to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors", the statement read.
When WTSP reached out to Emory to get clarification as to why the surgery was postponed, hospital officials said they couldn't get into specifics because it violated patient confidentiality.
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. In the meantime, Burgess has started a GoFundMe campaign to cover her child's medical costs.
The only other option is to join the kidney transplant waiting list, which could take as much as three to five years, according to the New York Daily News, although children are prioritized.