ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) A group of people are hoping to get a 10 year-old readmitted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Activist and former Atlanta City Council member Derrick Boazman says the group is demanding that 10 year-old Aniyah Dixon be readmitted to CHOA after she was removed from the transplant list and sent home just days before Thanksgiving.
“This child was sent home sick to die. We have questions for CHOA that must be answered. We are deeply disturbed by CHOA’s refusal to readmit this child. She deserves every opportunity to live. We need her readmitted so that other medical professionals can give her a chance to survive," said Boazman in a press release.
According to the press release, Aniyah's mother, Sophia, says she was told that the girl had only weeks to live. That's why she reached out to Boazman.
“We have an expert in Nashville ready to examine Aniya and determine if there is any way to save her life. She needs to be in CHOA to stabilize her and to make this process as seamless as possible. Everyday she is not in the hospital her chances of living dwindles," said family Attorney Mawuli Davis.
Jessica Pope, public relations manager with CHOA, released this statement regarding the issue:
"Children’s is the trusted source when it comes to providing pediatric care for Georgia’s kids. Decisions related to transplants are always made by our compassionate, experienced doctors in coordination with the patient family. Decisions are based on a number of factors including the condition of the patient and national guidelines, and they often are affirmed by experts at other transplant centers around the country.
It is important to note that transplant decisions do not involve the CEO or administrators and are not influenced by anyone in the community.
We always meet with any family at their request."