Teen Denied Heart Transplant
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|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.
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.