By Julien Virgin

After years of fighting for a kidney, Baby AJ Burgess has been released from Egleston Children’s Hospital after a successful kidney transplant surgery.

Two year old AJ Burgess was born without kidneys. Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA was refusing to allow the boy to receive a kidney from his father Anthony, a matching donor, because of a parole violation.

Baby A.J. Burgess is shown with his parents at his bedside during his stay at Egleston Children’s Hospital. Photo from Davis-Bozeman Law Firm.

This story received massive local and national attention as the pressure mounted on lead officials at Emory University Hospital to act on the issue.

Last week, a matching deceased donor was found, and AJ was able to have the transplant.

AJ’s mother, Carmellia Burgess, shared this message on Facebook following successful surgery.


Today, after months of assessments, treatments, and surgeries, Baby AJ was released from Egleston Children’s Hospital.

This family has fought hard and Baby AJ has fought even harder to see this day. The family thanks the community for supporting them and praying for their son,” said family attorney, Mawuli Davis, in a statement.

Davis added, “They would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Egelston Hospital for their commitment to helping Baby AJ with this life saving transplant. They ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers as Baby AJ continues to recover.

WAOK will continue to update you on this developing story.


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