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  •  Hmmm...other sources offer additional info. (15+ / 0-)

    Opposing Views opens its article with:

    An Atlanta teen with an enlarged heart is not being placed on the transplant list because he has had behavior issues in the past. Anthony Stokes, 15, has only six months to live but, because he failed to take his medication in the past, doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have stuck him with a “noncompliance” tag.

    Anthony's family says that his low grades at school and brushes with the law are the real reasons that Children's Healthcare will not put him on the heart transplant list.

    Techville has this to say:
    In Atlanta, a mother claims that her son is condemned to a “death sentence” because doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta refuse to place her son on the heart transplant list.

    Anthony Stokes, 15, only has six months to live due to an enlarged heart discovered last month at the children’s hospital.

    Because of the urgency, Stokes needs the transplant immediately. However, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta claims that Anthony has not taken any of his prescribed medications. This  automatically rules  him out from being put on the transplant list.

    Despite the hospital’s claims, civil rights groups and Stokes’ family suggest that Anthony’s “brushes with the law and low grades at school” are the reasons that he is being denied a heart, ultimately sending the dying boy home with no means of survival.

    If these reports are accurate, I'd suggest that the picture changes dramatically.

    It should be noted that, due to HIPAA restrictions, the hospital cannot defend itself against these accusations with anything specific to this young man's case.

    Now, I don't think that anyone here would argue that failure to complete your medication regimen should render a prospective transplant recipient non-compliant; every transplant requires a lengthy and intricate regimen of post-op medication.

    If this is a "they said/we say" situation, I'm not going to jump on the "racism" bandwagon unless/until the family signs a HIPAA release and allows the hospital to speak openly about their decision.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 07:01:01 PM PDT

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