To: Emory University Hospital

2 year old A.J. needs a kidney transplant

Now is not the time to play politics. A.J. needs a lifesaving kidney transplant surgery, but Emory University Hospital is refusing the surgery.

Why is this important?

A 2-year-old boy named A.J. is fighting for his life. And Emory University Hospital is refusing to perform a life-saving kidney transplant operation because of his father, Anthony Dickerson has a criminal record. Anthony is a 100% match to donate a kidney to his son--but after a probation violation, hospital administrators are denying him the chance.

A.J. was supposed to have the surgery this month, but the hospital canceled, saying "we need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you." This is a cruel and heartless decision made by Emory University Hospital. A young boy's life is at risk. There is no time for the hospital to push its own agenda and act as its own judge and jury.

The systemic racism that exists in the criminal justice system pours into our communities' abilities to live their lives and make free choices. Everyday returning citizens are making their way out of the vicious confines of the prison industrial complex only to struggle to gain fair access to jobs, housing, education, and healthcare. This also has a lasting impact on families and our entire communities. To put an extreme barrier like denying one's son's right to live is not only devastating but inhumane.

We all have a duty to help push Emory University Hospital to save this boy's life and do the right thing now. Sign the petition.


Reasons for signing

  • Human rights.
  • Emory Hospital doctors, As a Christian I recognize your decision to deny A.J. treatment as a sin of omission. It is also a violation of your professional oath "First do no harm." A refusal to treat is an act doing harm.
  • Please cut the red tape and allow Anthony Dickerson to donate his kidney to his son with no more delay. Don't let A.J. die because of unnecessary delays. A. J.'s life matters!