"They're making this about his dad", Burgess said.
"The family is asking for people of all faith traditions to be in prayer today for Baby AJ", said the family's attorney, Mawuli Davis. The child was born without kidneys. AJ's father is a flawless match; however, Emory Hospital has put a hold on a transplant from his dad because of his arrest record. According to Davis, "Baby A.J. continues to wait for Emory Hospital to move forward with the removal of his father's kidney for a life-saving transplant". The newspaper says that Dickerson was arrested September 28 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of attempted felonies.
Emory Hospital in Atlanta reportedly worked on behalf of Dickerson, who was in jail, to request he be escorted to the hospital for blood work and pre-operative testing.
For weeks, CBS46 has been telling you about two-year-old AJ and his need of a kidney.
Dickerson wants to give a kidney to his son, but doctors at Emory Hospital said they won't perform the transplant operation because his situation would put him at risk.
Emory University Hospital Spokesperson Janet Christenbury told the AJC in a statement the hospital is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients. Emory Hospital announced that the boy's procedure would be revisited in January after the father showed three months of good behavior and appropriately filled out parole documents. "Guidelines for organ transplantation are created to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors", the healthcare provider wrote.
Because of patient confidentiality laws, Emory can not comment on this family's story directly.