15-Year-Old Denied Heart Transplant Because of Troubled Past [VIDEO]
15-year-old Anthony Stokes of DeKalb County is in desperate need of a heart transplant but doctors say he does not qualify for the transplant list. Anthony is receiving treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Doctors have told the teenagers family that he has less than six months to live, but he can not 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.
According to his mother 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 even though doctors did not give specific reason's, family friends said they have been told it's partly because Anthony has received low grades and been in trouble with the law.
"The non-compliance is fabricating, because they don't want to give him a heart," said a family friend "This is unacceptable because he must lose his life because of a non-compliance."
According to Christine Young Brown, president of Newton Rockdale County SCLC, "They've given him a death sentence."
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