A Georgia family is pleading with media to help spread the word, in hopes that it will help their son get a kidney transplant!
A.J. Burgess, a 2 year old little boy was born one month premature WITHOUT kidneys, and through research doctors found his father to be a perfect match. But there’s one problem……
He’s now ineligible due to a probation violation!
According to WGCL:
“Dickerson was prepared to donate his kidney in early October after being released from prison, but he returned to jail due to a parole violation for possessing a firearm “during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.
Emory hospital told the family that Dickerson had to be on good behavior for three to four months before he could donate his kidney, and that they would re-evaluate him in 2018.”
But AJ’s mom Carmella is asking WHY her son has to be punished for his father’s mistakes, and WHAT does one have to do with the other?!
She’s also worried that little AJ won’t survive if he has to wait! Carmella says that AJ’s body is FAILING!
The families only other option is to put AJ on the kidney transplant waiting list. But they’ve found that it could take YEARS for AJ to be approved. In fact, according to the National Kidney Foundation:
“Once a patient is on the waiting list, it takes three to five years on average to get a transplant. But children get priority!”
All attempts for a comment from Emory Hospital have been ignored. Only a released statement from their Director of Media Relations, Janet Christenbury:
“Transplant decision regarding donors are made based on many medical, social and psychological factors. The guidelines for organ transplants are meant to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors.”
Ok, so what does this have to do with his father’s behavior right now?!
AJ’s father is currently out of prison and waiting to get permission to give his son one of his kidneys so that he can survive!
EMORY, we need answers!!!!
Check out footage from the families interview above.