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Teenager Denied Heart Transplant Over History of “Non-Compliance,” Added to Wait List

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“Low grades in school” and “brushes with the law” initially kept teenager off heart transplant list

Julie Wilson
August 14, 2013

Anthony Stokes, 15, suffers from an enlarged heart and has been given six months to live unless he receives a heart transplant.

Doctors at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta initially refused to provide the child with a heart transplant claiming he had a history of “non-compliance,” but have now conceded after his story made headlines nationwide.

A report by the NY Daily News revealed that the hospital originally ruled against adding Stokes to the wait list for a heart transplant based on his history of failing to take medication.

Medical specialists sent a letter to the child’s family that read, “The decision was made that Anthony is currently not a transplant candidate due to having a history of noncompliance, which is one of our center’s contraindications to listing for heart transplant.”

Stokes’ mother and civil rights groups claim by “non-compliance” the hospital was actually referring to his “low grades at school and brushes with the law.”

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“The non-compliance is fabricating, because they don’t want to give him a heart,” said family friend Mack Major. “This is unacceptable because he must lose his life because of a non-compliance.”

As of late Tuesday WSBTV reported that the dying 15-year old had finally been added to the list for a heart transplant.

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta released a statement saying, “The well-being of our patients is always our first priority. We are continuing to work with this family and looking at all options regarding this patient’s health care. We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind.”

Family members say Stokes could soon be sent home while he waits for his heart transplant.

This article was posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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