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Hospital denies kidney transplant to desperately sick toddler because father violated parole

A Georgia toddler was denied a kidney transplant from his father after the dad violated his parole.

Anthony Jr., or A.J., Burgess, 2, was born prematurely and without a working kidney. He spent the first 10 months of his life in a neonatal intensive care unit, and currently weighs only 25 pounds, according to a report by MSN News.

A.J.’s father, Anthony Dickerson, is a 110 percent match for an organ donation for his child, but surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta are refusing to do the surgery because the father recently violated his parole.

A.J.’s mother, Carmella, said that after Dickerson was tested to determine if he was a match, “he made it his business to say, ‘Once I get out, I’m gonna promise to my son that he can get a kidney.'”

However, Dickerson was imprisoned again after he violated his parole by possessing a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.

Carmella said that’s when the hospital refused to go through with the surgery that was scheduled for October 3.

“The lady said, ‘We need your parole information and your probation info.’ He said ‘why?’ ‘We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you,’ basically.”

When asked for a statement, the hospital told WGCL-TV that because of privacy policies, it couldn’t share any information about the case.

Carmella said that waiting until January may not be possible for her toddler, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A.J. needs bladder surgery, and his body is failing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for increasing medical bills as Carmella has been unable to keep a stable job while dealing with little A.J.’s poor health.

[Feature photo: GoFundMe]