Many are saddened to learn that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta refused to put 15-year-old Anthony Stokes on the national transplant list.
Many are saddened to learn that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta refused to put 15-year-old Anthony Stokes on the national transplant list. Due to his enlarged heart, doctors have given him 6 months to live unless he undergoes a heart transplant.
The hospital states his previous non-compliance does not meet the tough criteria for being put on the list. His family is petitioning them to reconsider and claim his history of poor grades and “trouble with the law” are why he has been denied a place on the list. His mother Melencia Hamilton said, “they said they don’t have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups.”
The hospital said it’s still working with the family to look for other options.
Unfortunately, the statistics may explain the need for strict requirements. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “ These policies are based on urgency of need, the organs that are available for transplant, and the location of the patient who is receiving the heart…About 3,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for a heart transplant on any given day. About 2,000 donor hearts are available each year.”