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2-year-old rushed to hospital after denied kidney transplant due to father’s probation

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Two-year-old A.J. Burgess was rushed to the hospital over the weekend for treatment of an infection.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, A.J. has a peritonitis (abdominal) infection.

“He has been fighting for his life since the day he came into this world,” his mother said of her son, who was born without both of his kidneys.

A.J.’s story went viral when it was discovered that the boy’s father is a 100 percent perfect match to donate his kidney. Everything was set to have the surgery, but his father, Anthony Dickerson, was taken into custody on a parole violation. Atlanta’s Emory Health Center’s language changed once it was found the boy’s father violated his probation and was back in custody.

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According to a letter Emory Hospital sent to the family, receiving his father’s kidney depends on whether Dickerson can prove he has complied with his parole officer for three months. In the meantime, A.J. continues to fight for his life.

“Guidelines for organ transplantation are designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors,” Janet Christenbury, an Emory spokeswoman, said. “Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about our patients.”

An official donation page has been sent up on behalf of the family to help with the ongoing costs.

“The family is asking for people of all faith traditions to be in prayer today for Baby AJ,” said the family’s attorney, Mawuli Davis. “His spirit is strong but his body is weakening.”

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Fresno city councilman accuses colleague of ‘bullying and abusive behavior’ over rule mandating COVID-19 masks

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During a press conference on Thursday, a Fresno City Council member railed at one his colleagues for a proposal -- since passed -- that would require members to wear masks during meetings.

According to Councilmember Garry Bredefeld he finds the masks -- used to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus -- "uncomfortable" and he feels he is being bullied by fellow Councilmember Miguel Arias.

Addressing the resolution to mandate wearing masks, Bredefeld told reporters that Arias, "Put on the agenda was it just the latest example of a pattern for him that includes bullying, abusive, belligerent and bullying behavior."

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Defense secretary throws Trump under the bus: ‘I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act’

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Wednesday seemed to be at odds with President Donald Trump when it comes to invoking the Insurrection Act to quell protests over the killing of George Floyd.

Esper explained at a press conference that members of the National Guard had been deployed to keep order "in support of local law enforcement."

"The option to use active duty forces should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations," he explained. "We are not in one of those situations now."

"I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act," Esper insisted, referencing Trump's threat to use the law against protesters.

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Trump claims he was rushed to White House bunker only for ‘inspection’ — not fear of protesters

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that fear of protesters did not prompt him to be ushered into a White House bunker. Instead, the president said that he visited the facility for an "inspection."

During a Fox News radio interview with host Brian Kilmeade, Trump again threatened to use military forces against protesters.

“If they don’t get their act straightened out I will solve it. I’ll solve it fast,” he said.

The president also pushed back against the narrative that he was "hiding in a White House bunker" as protesters demonstrated outside.

"They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you’re going to need it," the president said, adding that the visit was more of an "inspection."

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