AJ Dickerson

A story about a little boy who is in dire need of a kidney transplant is tugging at heart strings. Little A.J. Dickerson was born without a working kidney. The premie spent the first 10 months of his life in neonatal intensive care.

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Bounkham Phonesavanh

A 19-month-old boy is in critical condition after suffering severe burns to his face and upper body during a SWAT raid at his home.

The family of Bounkham Phonesavanh says a SWAT team raided their Habersham County home in the middle of the night early Wednesday. A SWAT member tossed a flash grenade into the home without looking. The grenade bounced into the baby’s playpen and exploded in his face.

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Jahi McMath body moved

The mother of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead by doctors says she sees hope in the girl’s involuntary movements. A judge and several doctors who examined Jahi McMath independently declared her brain dead on Dec. 12 after she lapsed into a coma following complex tonsillectomy procedures at Children’s Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9.

She lingered on life support for a month until a judge granted her mother permission to transport the body to an unknown location.

In posts on Twtter.com and Instagram.com, Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, said the body is doing much better physically since it left the hospital.

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Jahi McMath body moved

Jahi MacMath, the 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead following a tonsillectomy, was moved by ambulance to an undisclosed location on Sunday. Chldren’s Hospital Oakland released a statement Sunday evening saying Jahi’s body was turned over to the coroner who released the body to Jahi’s mother, Latasha Winkfield. A private ambulance was seen leaving the hospital loading dock just after 8:30 p.m., KTVU.com reports.

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Judge rules girl brain dead

An Oakland, CA judge has given the go ahead to remove a 13-year-old girl from life support after doctors declared her brain dead following a routine tonsillectomy.

The family of Jahi McMath plans to appeal the judge’s decision, ABC News reports. The family spent Christmas day at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where they set up a Christmas tree in Jahi’s room.

The judge based his ruling on an evaluation from an independent neurologist who examined Jahi on Monday. Chief of child neurology and director of the Center for Brain and Behavior at Stanford, Dr. Paul Graham Fisher, said Jahi “has no response to facial pain, no gag reflexes, no reflexes in her arms or legs, and a complete absence of brain stem and cerebral function.”

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Teen refused heart transplant

An Atlanta hospital has reversed its controversial decision to keep a troubled 15-year-old off the heart transplant list after his family took their fight to the media.

Anthony Stokes has only 6 months to live if he doesn’t get a life-saving heart transplant. But doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta informed Anthony’s mother that his name would not be added to the transplant list. Anthony’s mother, Melencia Hamilton, told CBS Atlanta the hospital believed Anthony would be “non-compliant” with his medications and follow-up treatment.

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Teen refused heart transplant

A 15-year-old Atlanta boy who needs a new heart will not be placed on the transplant list, according to doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite.

Anthony Stokes has only 6 months to live if he doesn’t get a life-saving heart transplant. Stokes was diagnosed with an enlarged heart last month after he complained of shortness of breath.

But after discussing his case with transplant doctors, Anthony’s doctors at Scottish Rite told his mother, Melencia Hamilton (pictured left), that he is not a viable candidate for a transplant because of his past history of “noncompliance”.

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