Teen denied heart over noncompliance, now added to transplant list

08/14/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Georgia – A teenager who was denied initial placement on the heart transplant list after being given less than 6 months to live has now been added. As reported by Channel 2 Action News, the family of 15-year-old Anthony Stokes says he was previously refused a transplant because of noncompliance, which family friends suggested to them was in part due to his low grades and past legal trouble.

Stokes, who has an enlarged heart, is currently being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. According to his mother, Melencia Hamilton, doctors previously told the family that a lack of evidence showing “that he would take his medication or go to his follow-ups” prevented him from being added to the list initially.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spokeswoman Patty Gregory said in a statement released last weekend about Stokes, “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.”

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