In Atlanta, a 15-year-old boy named Anthony Stokes has been given less than 6 months to live by doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston due to an enlarged heart.
The teenager’s only hope at survival is getting his name on the transplant list. But here’s the kicker. Doctors are refusing to consider Stokes because of his … “history of noncompliance.”
“I know it’s wrong, because if they get to know him, they would love him,” Stokes’s mother Melencia Hamilton told WSBTV with tears streaming down her face.
“They said they don’t have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups.”
“They’ve given him a death sentence,” Christine Young Brown, president of the Newton Rockdale County SCLC, told WSBTV.
Strict guidelines exist for the national organ transplants list for both donor and recipient. According to its website, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta ranks number three among transplant programs in the United States. The hospital performed 12 pediatric heart transplants in 2012 alone.
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