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Toddler Getting Much-Needed Kidney From Dad Now Must Wait For Dad To Get Out Of Jail

A toddler from Georgia who has been battling a serious illness since birth was all slated to get a kidney transplant. His dad was found to be a match and was going to donate his left kidney to his son, but just before the surgery, the father was sent to jail for a parole violation. The family is begging authorities to think of the child and let the surgery go on as planned.

Little Anthony Dickerson Jr. is just two years old, but he's suffered from severe health issues since birth. The tot was born without kidneys, and he was just at the point at which doctors thought a kidney transplant would be successful.

Most people who need a kidney will wait years on a donor's list, and many will die before they get one. There are just not enough organ donors to go around as it is, and even when a healthy organ is being donated you have to pray it's a match.

Anthony wasn't going to have to suffer that wait any longer, not that he could afford to wait. His father, 26-year-old Anthony Dickerson Sr., was about to donate his left kidney to his son. Unfortunately, before the surgery could take place, the father landed himself back in jail.

Dickerson was arrested in 2011 on first-degree forgery and misdemeanor theft charges. He was released on parole, but he was sent back to jail when he was found in violation of his parole. A firearm was in his possession. He was released again shortly after, but it's thwarted the entire donor process.

On October 3, Dickerson was supposed to be in surgery, but due to his being sent back to jail, the plans had changed. Initially, the hospital seemed willing to work with him. They wrote authorities and asked if Dickerson could be escorted to the hospital for pre-surgery tests. The tests were complete, and days later, Dickerson was released again.

At that point, however, the hospital seemed to have changed its mind. They won't let Dickerson be a donor until he's complied with his parole officer for three months.

“The Living Donor Team at Emory has asked Mr. Dickerson of compliance from his parole officer for the next three months,” said a letter, according to WTSP.com. "We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of this completed documentation.”

By then it could be too late for Anthony.

“They’re making this about his dad,” Carmellia Burgess, little Anthony's mother, told Fox News. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.”

The family started a petition to ask the hospital to let the surgery go on. So far, the petition has received more than 25,000 signatures.

“He’s only two,” the worried mother said. “He doesn’t deserve this. We’ve been waiting so long for this.”

The hospital says there are guidelines in place to protect donors and recipients. Due to privacy laws regarding patient confidentiality, they're unable to comment on the case.

Source: Fox News
Photo: GoFundMe, WXIA

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