Mom says teen son kept off heart transplant list - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Mom says teen son kept off heart transplant list

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

A DeKalb County parent says her teenager is being kept off the heart transplant wait list at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Anthony Stokes, 15, has an enlarged heart and needs a life-saving heart transplant, but the teen's mother, Melencia Hamilton, says hospital officials won't place him on the wait list.

In a letter to Stokes' family, officials at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston say they won't put him on the transplant wait list because they said he had a history of non-compliance.

"He didn't have any medical history. He wouldn't, you know, make his doctor's appointments," said Hamilton.

Hamilton says her son has only been to clinics for check-ups and immunization shots because, until now, he's never been sick. She believes money played a role in the hospital's decision.

"I think that they don't think that we can pay for the medicine. We probably couldn't get to the doctor visits because of transportation. I don't have a car," said Hamilton.

Hamilton also believes Anthony's juvenile record played a role in the hospital's decision. She says he was under a court-ordered house arrest.

But despite his past, Anthony's mother believes he deserves a chance to live so he can fulfill his dreams.

"He wants to go to college so bad. He talks about being an entrepreneur, opening up his own computer store," said Hamilton.

Officials with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta told FOX 5 in a statement, "The well-being of our patients is always our first priority. We are continuing to work with this family and looking at all options regarding this patient's health care. We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind."

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:27 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:27:29 GMT
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
  • Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:05 GMT
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
  • Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices