A.J. Burgess has been fighting since the day he was born, and his battle to stay alive became even harder this month.
Born a month premature with no kidneys, A.J. spent 10 months in a neonatal intensive care unit. Now, as a 2-year-old, A.J. is coping but very small for his age, and his health continues to get worse all the time. The young boy has been on dialysis for three years, waiting for a kidney transplant that could change his life.
And it seemed like that transplant was coming soon. A.J.'s father Anthony Dickerson was tested, and results showed that he was a 100% match with his son. The operation was scheduled for this month, and Dickerson - who has had several run-ins with the law - promised to keep on the straight and narrow for his son.
"He made it his business to say, 'Once I get out, I'm gonna promise to my son that he can get a kidney,'" A.J.'s mother Carmella Burgess told CBS. But after Dickerson was sent to jail again for a parole violation, his son's life may be in jeopardy.
Dickerson missed scheduled tests for the operation because he was in jail, but was released early the day before the transplant so he could still go through with the surgery.
But the transplant never happened, and the reason why has Carmella saying that doctors are "playing with my son's life."