Police and Emory Hospital in Atlanta are blocking Anthony Dickerson from donating a life-saving kidney to his two-year-old son, A.J., because of a parole violation.
Carmella Burgess told WXIA: “Two steps closer to giving him a kidney and we got shut down, basically.”
Dickerson was arrested for violating his probation in September when he was charged with possession of a firearm.
In response, Emory Hospital sent a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail:
Mr. Dickerson is currently in custody for a parole violation. If Mr. Dickerson could be escorted to Emory for blood work and a pre-operative appointment tomorrow, September 29, we will be able to continue with the scheduled surgery.
However, after Dickerson was released, Emory Hospital stated:
The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory as 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.
Emory Hospital did not state why Dickerson’s parole status should prevent him from donating a kidney to save his child’s life.
The hospital refused to answer multiple questions from WXIA, claiming patient confidentiality; the patient being the two-year-old boy whom the hospital is denying medical care.
“It’s about my son,” Carmella added. “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.”