2-year-old A.J. was denied a kidney transplant ~ Change.org

Petitioning Emory Hospital, Jonathan S. Lewin
Emory Hospital: Approve life-saving kidney transplant for 2-year-old boy before it’s too late

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Emory Hospital has denied a life-saving kidney transplant for 2-year-old boy, A.J. because of father’s probation violation.

Mother, Carmella Burgess was excited for her miracle baby, A.J., who was prematurely born without functioning kidneys. For the family, the surgery was something they had been waiting for the child’s entire life and would bring such relief and joy to not only her but her son as well.

Father, Anthony Dickerson, who is 100% perfect match for his son was arrested for violating his probation in September. Prior to Dickerson’s release, it seemed as if Emory Hospital was still on board for the surgery, sending a letter to the Gwinnett County Jail stating, “Mr. Dickerson is currently in custody for a parole violation. If Mr. Dickerson could be escorted to Emory for blood work and a pre-operative appointment tomorrow, September 29, we will be able to continue with the scheduled surgery.”

However, once Dickerson was released, the family suffered from the news that Emory Hospital would no longer perform the scheduled October 3 kidney transplant, leaving the family with the kidney transplant wait list as the only option, which could desperately take a long time. “The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory [has] 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.” When asked how someone being arrested impacts the possibility of donating a kidney, Emory Hospital was unwilling to provide an answer.

Emory Hospital states that they operate under core values, with their first core value being: caring. Caring: We demonstrate concern and compassion for our patients and their families, treating each person with dignity as we attend to the needs of the mind, body, and spirit. Denying a life-saving surgery to a family and child in need is not demonstrating concern and compassion. Having the ability to stop a child from suffering but choosing not to does not show dignity. You cannot pick and choose when to follow your own core values. They should be applied to every patient and every family, no matter the person or situation.

I’ve created this petition to get the attention of The Living Donor Transplant Team at Emory Hospital and CEO of Emory Healthcare, Jonathan C. Lewin, with the hopes that the team will have a change of heart and perform the kidney transplant at the family’s earliest convenience.

A child should not deal with consequences of his father’s mistake. And a father should not feel disappointed in himself for a mistake he made that should not even be a factor when it comes to saving a child’s life. This story has touched my heart in a way that refuses to allow me to sit here and not try to do anything about it, so please, Emory Hospital, on the behalf of the Burgess and Dickerson family, I ask that you appeal your decision on A.J.’s kidney transplant and choose to perform the operation as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Jonathan S. Lewin


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Popeyes: Tell Popeyes Chicken: End the Cruelty Now
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Popeyes has been cooking up something terrifying.

Though Popeyes claims the chickens they source are subjected to “ethical, humane treatment,” the truth is much scarier…and it all starts on a factory farm.

Chickens raised for meat make up 95% of farmed animals in America—and because of cruel farming practices, they suffer more, too.

The vast majority of factory farmed chickens spend their entire lives with no access to the outdoors, crowded by the thousands in dimly-lit sheds. The birds have no access to natural light and little room to roam—in fact, each chicken generally spends her life in a space roughly the size of a sheet of paper.

But here’s the really frightening part: factory farming has turned the modern chicken into a genetic monster who grows so big, so fast, she often struggles to stand under her own massive weight—a real-life Frankenchicken. She’s a prisoner of her own body, often unable to move freely and vulnerable to heart, lung, and leg problems.

This is a bird bred to suffer.

There are billions of Frankenchickens just like her—and Popeyes is supporting the cruel practices that bring them to life. You can stop this.

It’s time for Popeyes to end the horror show by committing to a better breed of bird, one whose genetics do not inherently cause suffering, and better living conditions that let chickens be chickens.

Sign the petition to tell Popeyes you don’t support the Frankenchicken.

Other restaurants like Subway, Burger King, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Panera, Chipotle, Qdoba, Jack in the Box, and more have already committed to improving the lives of chickens.

Join Compassion in World Farming in demanding that Popeyes raise the bar for chickens—sign this petition today and help spread the word by sharing it with friends and family.

Because chickens deserve better than a factory farm.

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