Teen refused heart transplant

A 17-year-old boy who received a heart transplant after he was kept off a national transplant list due to his behavioral problems, died Tuesday following a high-speed chase with Roswell police.

Anthony Stokes, of Decatur, was a suspect in a burglary and a carjacking, which police said led to the fatal crash of the stolen black Honda Accord on Georgia 9 highway.

The AJC reports Stokes carjacked the Honda Accord in Dunwoody, then, after police gave chase, he "clipped a car in the intersection and then jumped the curb and hit a pedestrian before colliding with a SunTrust Bank sign." The Honda was totaled in the crash.

The AJC reports "the pedestrian, 33-year-old Clementina Hernandez," is in stable condition at North Fulton Hospital.

Channel 2 Action News confirmed that he was the same Anthony Stokes who was denied a heart transplant in a controversial hospital decision that made headline news in 2013.

An elderly Roswell woman told Channel 2 Action News that Anthony Stokes once shot at her after he kicked in her door and found her inside watching TV.

In 2013, Anthony, then only 15, had 6 months to live if he didn't get a life-saving heart transplant. Stokes was diagnosed with an enlarged heart after he had trouble breathing.

Doctors at Atlanta's Scottish Rite hospital told Anthony's mother, Melencia Hamilton, that he did not qualify for a new heart based on his past criminal behavior and poor grades. Doctors feared Anthony would be noncompliant with the strict medicine regimen that was necessary to prevent his body from rejecting the new organ.

Hamilton and her supporters went to the media to express their outrage at the hospital's decision.

Hamilton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the hospital was stereotyping her son, who wore a court-ordered ankle bracelet in the hospital in 2013.

"He's been given a death sentence because of a broad and vague excuse of noncompliance," said Christine Young Brown, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. "There was nothing specific in that decision. Just noncompliance."

After public backlash, the hospital reversed its decision 2 days later.

Teen refused heart transplant

A 15-year-old Atlanta boy who needs a new heart will not be placed on the transplant list, according to doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite.

Anthony Stokes has only 6 months to live if he doesn't get a life-saving heart transplant. Stokes was diagnosed with an enlarged heart last month after he complained of shortness of breath.

But after discussing his case with transplant doctors, Anthony's doctors at Scottish Rite told his mother, Melencia Hamilton (pictured left), that he is not a viable candidate for a transplant because of his past history of "noncompliance".

Anthony's outraged parents and supporters say the hospital is using Anthony's criminal history and poor grades in school as excuses to deny him a chance at life.

"Every day is up and down. He's OK one minute, the next minute he's not," Hamilton, told CBS Atlanta.

"He's been given a death sentence because of a broad and vague excuse of noncompliance. There was nothing specific in that decision. Just noncompliance," said Christine Young Brown with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The doctors decision may seem harsh, but there are so few pediatric hearts available for hundreds if not thousands of transplant candidates across the country that preference is always given to young patients who have a higher chance of achieving a post-transplant success rate.

CBS Atlanta obtained the letter that Hamilton said the hospital gave her.

"The decision was made that Anthony is currently not a transplant candidate due to having a history of non-compliance, which is one of our center’s contraindications to listing for heart transplant," doctors explained in the letter.

"As we discussed today with Anthony’s mother, we will not place Anthony on the heart transplant waiting list at this time due to this decision," the letter continues.

Doctors believe Anthony probably won't follow the very strict post-op medication plan and follow-up treatments to prevent his bodies from rejecting the transplant.

If a teen has a history of gang banging, behavioral problems and/or drug use, it is a no brainer that he will not be considered for a heart transplant.