A 2-year-old boy will have to wait longer for his kidney transplant after his dad, who was discovered to be a match, violated the terms of his probation.
As AJC reports, the surgery for Anthony Dickerson Jr. was scheduled to take place on October 3 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. That changed when the father, 26-year-old Anthony Dickerson, was arrested for a parole violation last month.
Dickerson was first arrested in 2011 on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge. He was arrested for violating his probation in September and charged with possession of a firearm.
While incarcerated, Emory Hospital wrote a letter on his behalf to request that he be given blood work and pre-operative testing for his son, who was born without kidneys.
But in light of the parole violation, the hospital told the child's mother, Carmellia Burgess, that it was changing its mind. The hospital said it would re-evaluate the father as a donor and the surgery would be pushed back until Dickerson could provide evidence that he has complied with his parole officer for three months.
“They’re making this about dad,” Burgess said. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.”
"He's only 2, he don't deserve this," she said tearfully to NBC affiliate WXIA. "We've been waiting for so long for this, and we were right at the front door."
As NBC News shares, it's unclear why the hospital changed the plan and what's the reason for the delay. In a later statement, a spokeswoman for Emory said its guidelines for organ transplants are "designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors." The spokeswoman stated, "Transplant decisions regarding donors are made based on many medical, social, and psychological factors."
Dickerson, who was released on October 2 is puzzled by the entire incident. He's healthy and drug-free. "What do he got to do with the mistake I made? Nothing."
A GoFundMe has been created for the family.
[Photo: Family photo]