Donor found for toddler born without kidneys; Tyler Perry buys mother car
Two-year-old A.J. Burgess with his parents, Carmellia Burgess and Anthony Dickerson. A.J. was born without kidneys. His father is a perfect match and willing donor, but hospital protocol pushed back the surgery after Dickerson violated probation. (Handout)
AJ battled a potentially deadly infection, contracted pneumonia, had surgery to implant a new port for his dialysis treatments and received blood transfusions before he was released from the hospital, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
But his mother didn’t have a car to get AJ to his hemodialysis appointments three times a week, she posted on Facebook.
That trouble ended Tuesday, when actor Tyler Perry gifted Burgess with a new car.
The family later learned a deceased donor kidney will be given to AJ on Wednesday, attorney Mawuli Davis said.
“Father and mother are there excited and are being supported by Mr. Dickerson’s mentor, David Manuel, and Pastor Derrick Rice from Sankofa Church.