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Remember the two-year-old boy born without kidneys whose father couldn’t donate his because of a parole violation? Well apparently, A.J. Burgess has found a new donor that is a perfect match!
According WXIA, A.J. went in to surgery around 7:30 am on Wednesday and was in recovery by noon.
“They (the family) want to thank everyone that supported him, the community that rallied around him,” the family’s lawyer Muwali Davis told the news station.
Oh…and Tyler Perry gifted A.J.’s mother Camille Burgess a new car too! Talk about a double blessing!
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, A.J. has recently battled a potentially deadly infection, contracted pneumonia, and had surgery to implant a new port for his dialysis treatments. He also had to receive blood transfusions after being released, which Camille wrote on Facebook she had no transportation to get her son to his hemodialysis appointments three times a week.
But then ‘Madea’ stepped in and helped!
A.J. had finally found a 100 percent match in his father. But Anthony Dickerson Sr. can’t donate his organ to his son because he violated his probation last month when he was charged with possession of a firearm.
At first, Emory Hospital officials in Atlanta weren’t too concerned about his arrest, sending a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail supporting his involvement in the upcoming procedure. However, this supportive sentiment changed when Dickerson was released from jail.
According to Dickerson, he later received a letter that said the life-saving surgery was going to be put on hold until next year, even though Dickerson was released from jail on Oct. 2, in time for his surgery set for Oct. 3.
It read: “The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory as 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.”
Dickerson and his family do not understand how a parole violation should be connected to their son’s surgery, especially since Dickerson is healthy and ready to go forward with the transplant.
“It’s about my son,” A.J.’s mother, Carmella Burgess, told WTSP in October.
“He’s been through a lot. It’s like we’ve been waiting on this. And Dad making a mistake shouldn’t affect what he wants to do with our son.”
Janet Christenbury, an Emory spokeswoman, said the hospital can’t disclose any info on this case.
“Guidelines for organ transplantation are designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors,” Christenbury said.
“Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about our patients.
Looking to the future, we are so happy that A.J.’s Thanksgiving miracle finally came true!
Behind the Scenes at The Willie Moore Jr. Show [PHOTOS]
1. The Manns
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2. Willie Moore with Evelyn Lozada and her daughter
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3. Mary Mary and Willie
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4. No Malice and Willie
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5. Willie and Jennifer Williams
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6. William Mcdowell
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7. The Hairstons
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8. Dr. Ian Smith with Willie Moore Jr.
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9. The Walls Group stopped by!
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10. Willie Moore with the "Growing up Hip-Hop" cast
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11. Willie Moore with the Ron Carter Academy
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12. Trina and Willie Moore
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13. Dick Gregory and Willie Moore Jr.
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22. Kirk and Willie battle in a test of who is taller!
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52. Another snap of Willie Moore Jr. with gospel star Tasha Cobbs
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54. Willie Moore Jr. snaps a photo with his wife and son
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57. Willie Moore Jr. with gospel star Tasha Cobbs
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58. Willie Moore Jr. with his wife and sons Peyton and Princeton.
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59. Marvin Sapp in studio with Willie Moore Jr.
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