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Breaking: Baby AJ, who was denied his dad’s kidney, rushed to a hospital

Baby AJ Dickerson (Photo Courtesy of Davis-Bozeman Law Firm)

A child’s life is hanging in the balance in Atlanta because of a hospital’s cruel decision. AJ Dickerson, 2, was born without kidneys and is medically fragile. It was determined that his father, Anthony Dickerson, was a perfect match and plans were made to transplant his left kidney to his son. But because of a parole violation, Emory Hospital in Atlanta changed its mind to go forward with the transplant procedure. The hospital sent a letter to the family that stated, “The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory has 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.”

But Baby AJ can’t wait until January 2018; he is now fighting for his life. This morning, noted Atlanta attorney Mawuli Davis announced that Baby AJ has taken a turn for the worse. According to Davis:

“The family of ‘Baby AJ’ Burgess is en route the emergency room and asks for prayers from the community as Baby AJ battles a peritonitis infection.  AJ is waiting for kidney transplant surgery but his father, who is his perfect match donor, has been denied the opportunity to donate his kidney to expedite the process of transplanting a new kidney. The family is desperate for help to save Baby AJ’s life and is asking for assistance from anyone who may be able to expedite the process of transplanting a new kidney.”

For more information, contact the Davis Bozeman Law Firm at (404) 244-2004.



36 Comments

  1. nosey rosy on October 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

    this is exactly what we mean by racism , if that kid was white there would be a line of donors waiting for one and any familie member behind bars even could donate .. cause i heard of acase a family member was let out of jail to donate so this is a lie . and that hospital ought to lose patients due to this , that hospital administrator is doing the same thing they did to the child in DENZEL WASHINGTONS MOVIE JOHN Q . remember how denzel went bolistic when they tried to deny his kid a kidney . im telling you its real out here racism is real and deep rooted and you cant dismiss the fact racist are cops ,, doctor , judges , lawyers , housewives , and co workers how you know perimedics havent let blacks die? i dont trust white folks at all they all are bias to blacks you cant even get a job unless they know they gotta hire a few blacks to make it look good its sad ,

    • Karl Schneider on October 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Have you considered that his parole violation might have been for drug use, which means the hospital can’t perform the surgery. Hence waiting three months to make sure that he is clean?
      You don’t seem to see your own bias.

      • Aric Thompson on October 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm

        If that were the case, it would have been stated as such for medical reasons. You just pulled an excuse out of thin air not knowing what it was for hence showing your own bias against.

        • Karl Schneider on October 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm

          Actually I’m a sociologist. What I did was look at the most common causes of parole violation and then see if any could cause a delay in surgery time.
          Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network.

          • Pamela on October 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

            Read about this CASE…
            I



          • coptic777 on October 29, 2017 at 10:13 pm

            Sociologist? In other words unlike me you dont actually produce anything of real value. Your profession has nothing to do with the point you are making. You are just reaching using the “Im white & I say so!” rule…..



          • Lisaodonis on November 4, 2017 at 8:25 am

            Who cares about your degree. Stop being judgmental. Just pray for the kid , we are living in a hateful world.



        • Pamela on October 29, 2017 at 6:19 pm

          So true That is why I told him/her to read about it..Nothing to do with ‘drugs.

          People need to get the Facts first before they make ‘a Statement

        • Leslie D W Jones on October 30, 2017 at 5:11 pm

          I don’t think a hospital can reveal that kind of personal information without permission.

        • Kyle Powell on November 3, 2017 at 6:11 am

          I agree with you. Black people all over the world are feeling enslaved both physically emotionally. Marcus mosiah Garvey was here Martin Luther King was here everything would be alright maybe even the kid will get a kidney very soon

      • Pamela on October 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm

        Read about it…Has nothing to do with ‘DRUGS:”’

      • aimer on October 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm

        That’s actually what did happen – he violated his parole by testing dirty on a drug screen. That is immediate denial to be allowed to donate a kidney. They will deny the patient a transplant if they have any signs of drugs or alcohol in their system – they constantly call you in for surprise drug screening. If you have a sip of champagne at your daughter’s wedding and then get called for a drug screening, you are taken off the list for 3 months until you prove you’re clean. They make this VERY CLEAR when you agree to donate. He must not care much for his kid to do something like that. If you want to be mad at anyone, be mad at the selfish father. Sad.

        • coptic777 on October 29, 2017 at 10:14 pm

          Link please. Im white & I say so is not good enough in the information age.

        • Alonzo on October 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm

          That is not what happened. He was being held on fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm or knife during attempted felonies. His bond was $2600. The hospital originally requested that the jail temporarily release him on Sept. 29 for blood work and a pre-operative appointment since the baby’s operation was scheduled on Oct. 3. They jail wouldn’t do so and actually released him the day of the surgery so they canceled it. Now the hospital won’t reschedule it until he complies with parole for 90 days. The hospital won’t say why they’re making the requirement but looking at the dad’s criminal history (which is available in the Gwinnet County online records) there has never been a drug conviction. Not saying he’s clean but that’s not the reason why he was arrested. Long story short. He didn’t want to get caught with weapons (a gun and knife) because he’s a convicted felon so he ran; hence the parole violation and felonies (eluding and felony possession of a firearm).

      • coptic777 on October 29, 2017 at 10:12 pm

        Excuse after excuse for whites. Same sort of excuses for white heroin/meth addicts where now whites in states like Oregon while preaching about “black crimes stats” are making it a misdemeanor to have these drugs when caught instead of a felony. This is why black people need our own institutions like hospitals etc. If drug use was the case then that would be a medical issues raised. It was not. Go chimp out somewhere else. The word is out…

      • awesome on October 29, 2017 at 11:32 pm

        Sorry but his parole violation was NOT for drug use. So whats next?

      • Kay on October 30, 2017 at 6:13 am

        If it was drug use he wouldn’t be eligible at all. I wasn’t eligible because of my high bp meds when my father needed a kidney. They wouldn’t even test me , so that’s not it

      • Pamela Jackson on October 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        That’s not true on drugs or not you can donate know your facts before posting please I received my Kidney from someone that was on drugs Thanks In Advance For Your Future RESEARCH

        • Great Scott Not on November 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm

          Sure you did…

    • CHRIS2PHER850 on October 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      this is reverse discrimination we shouldn’t judge an entire race from others actions … your being a hypocrite … you wouldn’t want someone judging you for your skin color so don’t do it about white skinned people …judge each person individually not by skin color ..

    • Kyle Powell on November 3, 2017 at 6:11 am

      I agree with nosey rosy. Black people around the world feel in slavery, both physically n emotionally. This has to stop because if MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY was here things would not be like this.

  2. joey ma on October 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Being Black in america. People of color (any color, except white) are not respected as equals .

    White privilage means if child was white, he would have gotten care IMMIDIATELY!

    • SrAgri on November 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Not necessarily. Hospitals have numerous policies that have more to do with money than health care. They don’t care who dies, so long as they save money.

  3. Karl Schneider on October 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    How did he break his parole? Any chance it was by drug use which is why the Hospital wants to make sure he is clean before allowing him to donate?
    Not nearly enough information to make any kind of assumption, not that that is stopping people.

  4. Tiffany on October 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    How do we check to see if we’re a match.. I’m probably not but I’d like to try…

    • Pamela on October 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Contact the Hospital….
      Or Contact the attorney office Davis Bozeman……

    • TheMadScience on October 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      I believe your first move should be to contact the family’s attorney. They should be able to direct you exactly where you need to go to be tested for matching. And time is of the essence. Tissue typing takes weeks. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Call tonight. If there’s an emergency line listed when you call, write it down and call that.

    • aimer on October 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Call the transplant center where the boy is and tell them you’d like to be considered. But you cannot have any drugs or alcohol in your system, you can’t be obese, you can’t have diabetes or any other serious illness or any communicable disease.

  5. Tammy on October 29, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I don’t understand why he could have to wait 3 months??? According to THIS article (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/ ), his parole violation WAS NOT drug related but rather “possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies” .. So I don’t understand why they would put this child life at further risk!?? If it were drugs, Id understand that they would have to wait to be sure his blood and organs were “clean” but its not! WTH is wrong with this hospital???? This is a Child! By the way, not that it should matter, but apparently in todays world it does.. Im White. To me I dont see “color” (black or white) I see a child that is being made to suffer due to a few adults bad choices (father and hospital members)… Shame on all adults in this matter who are putting this child’s life in more danger!!

  6. aimer on October 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    It’s not racism. This is a common thing the transplant centers do – they will tell you that you immediately need a transplant but that you have to find your own donor. So you go out there and beg people to help you but when they call to help you, they direct their kidney to someone else so you can sit on dialysis for awhile. They tell you that you’ll appreciate it more if you have to suffer before getting a kidney. They make a ton off dialysis patients and a ton more off transplants and the medication you have to take for your entire life. Sad thing is that that this little boy might get a transplant in January, but medicaid will only pay for the anti rejection meds for 3 years. Then what’s the family going to do to pay for it? Are they going to get jobs?

    • coptic777 on October 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      You sound stupid. I know nurses that also do dialysis & what you said would make them laugh at you..

  7. Ramona Burris-Frazier on October 29, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    So sad😢GOD has the lil one COVERED.

  8. CHRIS2PHER850 on October 30, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    so much for Hippocratic Oath