A man from Atlanta was not allowed to donate one of his kidneys to his 2-year-old son because of a criminal charge held against him. Anthony Dickerson had violated his probation, but he never thought this would ever refrain upon his son’s life. Doctors postponed the transplant because they needed to make sure the father was on good behavior before donating the kidney.
Criminal charges prevent the man from donating a kidney to his son
A.J. Burgess, age 2, has no functional kidneys, and he is in urgent need of a transplant to survive. Fortunately, his father was a perfect match for the transplant, and he agreed to donate a kidney right away. However, the officials of Emory Hospital, Atlanta, decided to move the date of the surgery from October 3rd to sometime in January 2018.
This happened because the man was recently arrested for a probation violation. Doctors said they needed Dickerson’s parole information and, since the things weren’t exactly alright, they refused to perform the operation. They needed to make sure the man behaved properly between three and four months before the surgery, and decided to reassess the man’s situation next year in January.
The boy might not survive until January
When questioned about the issue, Emory hospital officials declared that not only physical factors counted in a transplant. The psychological factor is important as well, and it can have a serious impact on the recovery of both the donor and the receiver. However, they refused to comment on how Dickerson’s situation might prevent him from donating a kidney to his son.
Although the man was arrested for theft and, later on, for violating his probation, he was initially informed he was allowed to donate a kidney to his son. The boy was born prematurely, and had spent the past 10 months in hospital. His condition keeps deteriorating, and his mother fears he might not survive until next year, when he should receive the transplant from his father.
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