Given a second chance at life, heart transplant recipient chooses crime, death

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DailyMail: A teenager who received a life-saving heart transplant two years ago after initially being denied because of his bad behavior has died following a high-speed car chase with police.
Anthony Stokes, 17, died on Tuesday after he crashed a stolen Honda into a pole as he fled the scene of an attempted burglary at an elderly woman’s home in Roswell, Georgia.
His death comes less than two years after he was given a second chance at life following a heart transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
The boy, from Decatur, suffered from a dilated cardiomyopathy so his heart was unable to pump enough blood. The condition can lead to irregular heartbeats, blood clots or heart failure.  He had been given just six to nine months to live but the hospital initially refused to put him on the waiting list for a new organ because they thought he would be ‘non-compliant’ with the treatment. Patients can be disqualified from getting a transplant if a hospital doubts they’ll stick to the medication regimen after the operation.
At the time, the hospital said that Stokes had failed to take his medication in the past, so his history of non-compliance meant he was not put on the waiting list. But family and friends alleged that his low school grades and brushes with the law were the real reason he had been ruled out. Stokes’ mother, Melencia Hamilton, told reporters that her son, who wore a court-ordered monitoring device, had been stereotyped as a troubled teen.
Following pressure from national media coverage, the boy’s family and civil rights groups, the hospital backpedaled in August 2013, and the teenager received a new heart.  ‘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,’ spokesman Mark Bell said.
In 2013, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the average cost of a heart transplant is between $550,000 and $650,000. That year, 63 Georgia patients received a heart transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Just six of those were between the ages of 11 and 17.
The hospital that carried out the transplant, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, had long been quiet about the surgery and its cost – citing patient privacy laws – and declined to comment on Wednesday, saying only: ‘We are deeply saddened by this loss.’
Photographs on Stokes’ Facebook page show him shirtless with a large scar to his chest from the surgery. Other images show him pointing a firearm at the camera or holding up wads of cash.
On January 10 this year, he was arrested and charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime and criminal attempt, according to DeKalb County jail, and he was released from jail on February 3 after posting $5,000 bond.
Then on Tuesday, Stokes put on a mask and allegedly kicked in an elderly woman’s door in Roswell and shot at her after finding her watching television inside, police told CBS46. She fled to a back bedroom and was unharmed but bullet holes could be seen in her walls and a black car was seen fleeing from the scene .
Police responding to a nearby call spotted a car that matched its description and took chase. With police on his tail, Stokes clipped a car on an intersection and hurtled towards the curb – knocking down a 33-year-old woman before smashing into SunTrust Bank sign and wrapping the car around its pole, Officer Lisa Holland said. The injured pedestrian, Clementina Hernandez, is in good condition in hospital but Stokes passed away after he was cut from the car and taken to hospital.
The crash remains under investigation. The vehicle had been reported missing from Dunwoody so Dunwoody Police are also involved in the investigation.
Channel 2 recalled how, back in 2013, Stokes had said he was excited that the heart transplant would give him a second chance at life. ‘So I can live a second chance,’ he said. ‘Get a second chance and do things I want to do.’ 

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0 responses to “Given a second chance at life, heart transplant recipient chooses crime, death

  1. Looks like Karma came early for this punk! GOOD!

  2. And now we know what those “things he wanted to do” actually were. What a waste of a life. I wonder if they were able to save the heart for someone else. (Dr Eowyn, can they even DO that – re-transplant a transplanted organ?) It would be a double crime if someone dies waiting for a heart that this poor, deluded kid got only due to political pressure.

  3. What a horrible waste of someone’s life saving last gift. Here’s where the media and the activists are to blame also. The hospital could see the waste of skin this boy was and refused to do the surgery until pressured into it and I would bet the damn race card was pulled in this one too. This boy not only wasted his own second chance but very possibly someone else’s too.

    • More than possibly-I’d bet likely is the word. Anyone within reach of his grave wanna go urinate on it for me? Sorry to be so vulgar about this,but this toxic trashbag’s story and mis-behavior REALLY angers me greatly.

  4. I am surprised that this kid was given a transplant. I am sure there was a lot of pressure put on his healthcare providers to do so because of the race card.
    As I have stated before, I have been personally involved in both transplant and organ donation. This just gives me one more reason to never ever do either. Hindsight is 20/20 and I would not recommend having a transplant nor donating organs EVER! Fortunately, our transplant services are still pretty well monitored unlike Europe, Asia and the Middle East where there is a black market in organ harvesting and donation. With each case like this we go further and further down that road of an illegal and black market trade in organs. Who are we to play God? If we are truely professing Christians and believe that “all things work for good for those who love the Lord God….” then why would we want to interfere with that process? There is another Bible verse that says “…..No greater love hath a man than to lay down his life for his brotheren….” How do we know that the person receiving the transplant was not suppose to “lay down his life for his brotheren?” Also, the financial burden is huge regardless of how much assistance the family may or may not get. May the Lord come quickly!

  5. So in other words, this kid got a change of heart…. but never had a change of heart.
    What makes me really sad is to think of the invisible person who has died, and the sorrow of that family, because the race card was played (dealt from the bottom of the deck as always) and a good heart was wasted in the chest of a thug.

  6. I believe the thug’s parents are complicit in this;I understand wanting to to the best you can for your family,but NOT if it steps on the life of another who,fairly and legally,SHOULD have had that opportunity. Also,prosecution of some sort should be in order for that Hospital for putting others at even greater risk (possibly condemning one to death) just to appease Racists. That’s ONE thing that must NEVER be allowed to even BEGIN-jumping places in line. Apparently the Hippocratic Oath no longer applies at that Hospital.

  7. I wonder if they managed to remove the heart before he expired so they could give it to someone more deserving? This is what happens when you cave in to the PC police….just like with Indiana and Arkansas RFRA. Let the immoral and ignorant lead you and you will find yourself lost.

  8. Leeann Springer

    I, would hate to think, that my heart (upon death) would be wasted on parasites like the thug in this article. I, have always held to the thought, that we don’t know who will receive our donated organs. I would hate to further the life of an evil person, when a good person may die, that can truly benefit from organ donation and give back to society. I personally knew a man who received a heart transplant. He was a dirt ball, liked to prey on young women and tried to do other low-life things. He lived 12 years with his heart transplant. I often wondered what good person died, that could have been saved by the heart donation. In fact, thugs like Stokes,is what makes some people decide “not” to be organ donors on their drivers license. Leeann


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