15-Year-Old Denied Heart Transplant

    ATLANTA, GA - JULY 22: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston seen on July 22, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. 11 year old Kyle Glover was the son of Tameka Foster and her former partner Ryan Glover, and the stepson of musician Usher. Doctors removed Kyle Glover from life support on Saturday, July 21st. He was injured on July 8th at Lake Lanier when his inner tube was hit by a jetski. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

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    Fifteen-year-old Anthony Stokes’s family says he’s been unfairly denied a lifesaving heart transplant because of his failure to keep up with his medicine and doctor’s appointments. While the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital has declined to comment on Stokes's case, it explained via a statement: “We follow a very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind.” Stokes's family friends have said they think the “non-compliance” excuse is nonsense, pointing to his bad grades and past run-ins with the law as the real reason why “they don’t want to give him a heart.” Yet, as the president of the American Heart Association has pointed out, an ability to keep up with medication is a vital requirement for a heart transplant. “You have to follow a very strict regimen,” she said. “Hearts are very scarce resources.”

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