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11/22/2017 03:37 pm ET Updated Nov 27, 2017

Boy Born Without Kidneys Finally Gets Transplant, Help From Tyler Perry

Perry donated a car to help the family drive the toddler to dialysis treatments hours before he received a new kidney.

The family of a 2-year-old boy born without kidneys has a lot to be thankful for this holiday.

A.J. Burgess was born without a working kidney and had to undergo nightly dialysis to survive.

The resilient toddler from Georgia has had to battle pneumonia and go through surgeries and blood transfusions while waiting for a donated kidney.

The challenge was especially hard for his mother, Carmellia Burgess, who didn’t have a car to get her son to thrice-weekly hemodialysis appointments, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But A.J. and his mother had an early Christmas miracle on Tuesday. Carmellia shared on Facebook that entertainer Tyler Perry, who hails from Atlanta, donated a car to her family after learning of their plight. A source close to the matter confirmed that Perry bought the car for the family.

The lucky streak continued a few hours later when doctors called Carmellia to let her know that they had found a donor kidney that was a match for A.J.

A.J. went into surgery around 7:30 a.m. at Emory University Hospital. The surgery lasted about three hours, according to Atlanta station WAGA-TV.

The toddler’s new kidney comes weeks after his case received national attention when the hospital refused to let his father, Anthony Dickerson, donate his own kidney ― also a match ― because he had recently been to jail on a parole violation.

The family will spend Thanksgiving in the hospital as A.J. recovers. Doctors told the family the new kidney has already started producing urine, a key sign that it’s working, according to WAGA-TV.

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