Teen Denied Heart Transplant

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Teen Denied Heart Transplant
Tue, 08-13-2013 - 1:33pm

A mom feels her son deserves the chance to show doctors that he will be responsible enough to receive a new heart: 

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Stokes’ heart is failing. But even though it may only last a few more months, doctors are refusing to even put him on a transplant list. The reason, they say: They don’t think he’ll follow through with the medical regimen needed to keep him alive after a heart transplant.

The teen showed up at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta four weeks ago, complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains. It didn’t take long for doctors at the pediatric hospital to diagnose an enlarged heart – and to tell him that there would be no help for it.

Read more: http://www.today.com/health/mom-teen-denied-heart-transplant-he-deserves-second-chance-6C10904077

Do you think the doctors are being fair in this matter?  A bioethicist feels the hospital should be doing more to determine if he is a good candidate or not.

Community Leader
Registered: 01-29-2002
Fri, 08-16-2013 - 1:00am

I found an article that said the hospital has reversed its decision. http://www.today.com/health/after-initial-denial-teen-granted-spot-heart-transplant-list-6C10910056?lite&lite=obinsite  My friend has a son who received his heart in December.  It is a lengthy process to get listed and also could take some time to receive a heart.  Her son had to have an LVAD machine for quite some time before he received his heart.  There are so many things that have to be considered in each case. We don't know everything about this case either, such as what condition might have caused the enlargement.  I know it would be heartbreaking for his family to hear this news.  I hope they can either get help at this hospital or another one.  Some other hospitals might have other options to explore. 

Community Leader
Registered: 01-29-2002
Wed, 08-21-2013 - 4:36pm

I hope we hear how the outcome on this boy is.