A dad has been prevented from donating a kidney to save his two-year-old son’s life.

AJ Dickerson was born prematurely without functioning kidneys. The transplant to save his life has been delayed because dad (who is a match) has a criminal record.

Mum, Carmellia Burges, said: “He has been fighting for his life since the day he came into this world.”

Doctors found that his dad Anthony Dickerson is a “100 per cent match” for his son, reports The Mirror.

Mr Dickerson was due to donate a kidney via transplant surgery on October 3rd but AJ’s parents say the hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, postponed it at the last minute.

Staff found out that Mr Dickerson has a criminal record and was recently arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon.

They said they wanted to find out if he was complying with the terms of his parole before they would go ahead with the surgery, according to reports.

The operation may be rescheduled in January. His parents fear it may be too late by then.

“What do he [AJ] got to do with the mistakes I made? Nothing,” Mr Dickerson said.

Emory Hospital said in a letter to the couple: “The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory has asked Mr. Dickerson for evidence of compliance from his parole officer for the next three months.

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

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  • Surely if the Dad is out on Parole the Authorities can make arrangements to check on his whereabouts. If they check that is where he is normally supposed to be they can check the hospital. If he normally has to report to the Police Station surely they can amke arrangements to check at the hospital under the circumstances.
    Why should the baby suffer because of his Father’s bad decision?.


  • What is the fault of this little baby. He is struggling for his life. How they can stop his dad from saving his life, just consider it baby is struggling. He needs help from his dad, doctors.


  • How totally stupid, he should be able to do this for his son.


  • Completely unfair and wrong. This poor childs life is the major concern point. They are not putting the child’s best interests at heart.


  • I don’t understand what this has to do with the terms of his parole.


  • The father should be allowed to help his son,hopefully it will happen soon.


  • The child should not be punished for the crimes of the father!


  • No way !! A past mistake from dad is reason to delay the kidney transplant ?!


  • How ridiculous! Now the child has been punished instead which is such a shame.


  • Yes, punish the father for his crimes, but not the child! The compliance of his parole terms should not impact the decision to proceed with the life saving operation!


  • I don’t understand. Why is the baby being punished for the Dad’s behaviour?


  • Wait till January? What indeed if it’s too late for the child? I don’t approve the dad’s behaviour but in this case he was going to do something enormously good for his child.


  • I think the death of his child is slightly too severe a punishment for a possession of weapons charge. Just think how much harder it will be for him to break his parole conditions if he’s recovering from having a kidney removed.


  • This is such a sad story all round.


  • This father can’t blame anyone but himself for getting up to no good but I do hope for the child’s sake he gets his kidney in time.


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