Why is he being denied a heart transplant?


ATLANTA — A  15-year-old boy in DeKalb County is in desperate need of a heart  transplant but doctors say he doesn’t qualify for the transplant list.

Anthony Stokes is receiving treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Doctors  have told his family that Anthony has less than six months to live, but  he can’t be put on the transplant list because of a history of  non-compliance.

“They said they don’t have any evidence that he  would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups,” said  Melencia Hamilton, Anthony’s mother.

Hamilton told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas that the transplant is the only fix for her son’s enlarged heart.

Keepers  of the nation’s transplant list have strict guidelines about who  qualifies, and while doctors didn’t specify the reason, family friends  told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas they’ve been told it’s partly because  Anthony has had low grades and trouble with the law.

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

“They’ve given him a death sentence,” said Christine Young Brown, president of the Newton Rockdale County SCLC.

Children’s  Healthcare of Atlanta spokeswoman Patty Gregory said in a statement,  “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.”

“I know it’s wrong, because if they get to know him, they would love him,” Hamilton said.
Anthony  has been at the hospital since July 14. Family members told Thomas he  could be sent home soon and kept on his medication.

 

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