Two-year-old A.J. Burgess has been rushed to the emergency room as he waits for a kidney transplant from his father. The Washington Post reports that the toddler was sent to the hospital Sunday with an abdominal infection.
As shared previously, the child (seen as a baby above) was set to receive a kidney transplant earlier this month from his father, Anthony Dickerson, who is a perfect match. The family has shared that the transplant was put on hold because Dickerson violated his probation and spent a short time in county jail. He was released October 2. The incident has prompted backlash, with critics wondering why the toddler should suffer for a minor probation issue.
“Every day he goes without the transplant is a day he suffers,” Dickerson told The Washington Post.
Earlier this month, 26-year-old Dickerson was on probation and arrested for possession of a firearm and fleeing or attempting to elude police.
The family is outraged. Burgess' mother echoes the sentiment that the transplant should have nothing to do with Dickerson. “It's about my son,” she told WXIA. “He's been through a lot. It's like we've been waiting on this. And Dad making a mistake shouldn't affect what he wants to do with our son.”
As NBC News shared, it's unclear why the hospital caused the delay. In a statement, a spokeswoman for Emory University Hospital in Atlanta 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."
A GoFundMe has been created for the family.
[Photo: Personal photo]