In October, a hospital in Atlanta refused to perform a kidney transplant on a two-year-old boy from Georgia after his father, who wanted to be the donor, violated his probation. The boy was born without both of his kidneys, and his father was a perfect match. Now, right before Thanksgiving, the boy was finally allowed to receive the operation which could save his life.
The boy was refused the transplant because his father had violated his parole
A.J. Burgess was hospitalized at the Emory Hospital in Atlanta, and was scheduled to receive a kidney transplant in October. The available donor was his father, Anthony Dickerson. However, the man was accused of firearm possession and, later, of parole violation. As a result, the hospital refused to perform the surgery.
As an explanation, the staff said they needed to make sure the donor led a healthy life for several months before the surgery. This way, the transplant had more chances of success, and didn’t put the life of the receiver in danger. The decision left many people outraged, as the life of the boy depended on him receiving a kidney from his father.
The transplant came as a Thanksgiving miracle
On Wednesday, the hospital officials finally decided to perform the transplant. The decision came as a Thanksgiving miracle, as nobody was expecting the boy to get the chance to live a healthy life. The boy’s parents are extremely grateful this happened, and cannot believe their boy now really has all the chances to survive.
At first, the hospital said they needed Dickerson to have his parole complied 90 days before the surgery. This way, they had postponed it to January 2018, but everybody feared the boy wouldn’t live till then. Also, the boy’s family protested, and said he shouldn’t be suffering for his father’s mistakes.
As a result, they contacted a lawyer to help them change the mind of the hospital officials. Their efforts were rewarded, as the transplant was undertaken just one day before Thanksgiving.
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