Teen fighting for transplant rejected for history of ‘non-compliance’

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WXIA – In three weeks Anthony Stokes has gone from a teen that never had anything more than a cold, to a boy with chest pains fighting for his life.

His family says he needs a heart, but Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the only facility in Georgia that does pediatric transplants says it won’t put his name on the list.

Melencia Hamilton can barely speak without tears.

She fears losing her son, and struggles to understand the letter she received from the hospital, denying him a spot on the transplant list.

The letter said Stokes was currently not a candidate, “due to having a history of non-compliance.”

Hamilton says she has no idea what that means.

She feels he’s being denied in part because he’s been too healthy.

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