Yesha Callahan

Teen Denied Heart Transplant Moved To The List

Doctors say Anthony Stokes will not receive heart transplant

Anthony Stokes may get a new heart after all.

According to his family, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston agreed to add the 15-year-old to its donor list. The decision comes days after the hospital officials sent the family a letter saying Anthony would not be a good candidate for transplant because he had a “history of non-compliance.”

“We met with hospital officials about 30 minutes ago,” family spokesman Mark Bell said this afternoon. “After reviewing the situation, they said Anthony would be placed on the list for a heart transplant and that he would be first in line, due to his weakened heart condition.”

Shortly after the family statement was released the hospital had this to say:

 “As we stated previously, a heart transplant evaluation is an ongoing process based on the patient and his or her family’s ability to meet specific transplant criteria. … Our physician experts are continuing to work with this family to establish a care plan and determine the best next steps for the patient.”

Although the hospital did not give reasons as to why they’ve changed their stance on the transplant, hopefully the family will make sure Anthony stays compliant.


  1. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    Excellent! I’d say social media exposure and outrage played a part in their re-evaluation as well.

  2. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    For some reason my sympathy isn’t there for him as much as it should be. I feel his family used the media and created a backlash on things that wasn’t true. Now he’s not only back on the list but at the top of the list over someone who most likely did comply from the beginning. I understand I can’t blame him because he is only 15; I have to look at his parents. I believe they weren’t doing right with making him go, getting him there and when the hospital finally put their foot down then they want to run to the media. Anyway, I just hope he follows all the rules he needs to when he gets his new heart.

  3. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    I think that is exactly what happened, the family was not following an appropriate care regimen for him and he was not placed on the transplant list – as protocol- dictates. The family then could go to the media with stories of seeming discrimination and prejudice knowing that due to HIPAA rules and privacy guidelines the hospital really could not refute their claims other than saying the reasons they gave were not taken into accounting.

    I think the hospital probably refused to put him on the list to show the family they were serious about the rules that needed to be followed and now the family has agreed to comply with the rules as given and he is in his proper place on the list. I have no issue with that, he is 15 and if the fammily is properly educated about the procedures that need to be followed and they agree, I have no problem with him being on the list. That being said, I do take issue with the fact that it now seems like they were able to “shame and bully” their way onto the list when i am sure the reasons they gave for him not being on the list were not accurate so the reason is is now on the list has nothing to do with the hospital now ignoring those things. I don’t think we should water our collective power down, so to speak, on issues that don’t really need a stance.

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