15-Year-Old Dying Georgia Teen Denied Heart Transplant Due To Poor Behavior In School?

August 14, 2013  |  

Heartbreaking stories such as this one always serve as blunt and painful reminders of the kind of world that we live in.

Meet 15-year-old Anthony Stokes, a Georgia teen who has an estimated six months to live unless he can secure a heart transplant. Anthony suffers from an enlarged heart and a transplant is necessary to keep him alive. Seems like a no-brainer right? Just put the kid on the list and pray for the best, right? Wrong.

According to WSBTV, Anthony’s name will not be placed on the transplant list because doctors say he doesn’t qualify. Anthony’s family says they were told by doctors that Anthony was denied a spot on the list because of his “troubled past.”

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

“I know it’s wrong. If they get to know him, they would love him,” she added.

In a letter from doctors regarding their decision, they claim that a “history of non-complience” is the reason Anthony has been denied a second chance at life. Anthony’s family and community members believe that this judgement was made due to the low grades Anthony received in school. As you probably guessed, they are all outraged.

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

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which is the hospital where Anthony currently remains hospitalized, maintains their decision, arguing that they are very selective about who makes the transplant list and that they will continue to work with Anthony and his family by looking into other options. Anthony’s mother told reporters that he’s been hospitalized since July 14th and that she believes doctors will eventually send him home with medication.

“We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind,” a representative on behalf of the hospital said in an issue statement.

In what world doesn’t a 15-year-old child with his entire life ahead of him not qualify for a heart transplant?

Turn the page to watch WSBTV’s full report.

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