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Black teen denied heart transplant because of racism by doctors?

Anthony Stokes

A 15-year-old black male is being denied proper health care because of his past behavior. According to reports by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Anthony Stokes is in need of a heart transplant because he has an enlarged heart. Stokes is currently a patient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and could die in three to six months if he doesn’t get a transplant.

However, the doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston will not put Stokes on the heart transplant list because of bad conduct in the past and low grades, his mother believes. In a letter sent to Stokes’ family, hospital officials wrote,“the decision was made that Anthony is currently not a transplant candidate due to having a history of non-compliance. 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.”

Doctors have yet to reveal to his parents why they believe he falls under that category of “non-compliance.” This denial of medical treatment could be a form of unconscious bias.

At 15, Stokes is a young man who has likely made mistakes as he figures out life. That’s a part of growing up and being a teen and young adult. By judging Stokes on bad conduct, the doctors and officials at Egleston are advocating medical negligence.

Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference have pressured the hospital to get more direct answers.

Hopefully, Stokes’ family members will push to get more clarity on why Anthony isn’t a candidate.




34 Comments

  1. Notya Biznes on August 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

    This is not true. I’m really getting pissed at Rolling Out for these incomplete race baiting posts. I suppose that is to get hits, and it works. The stories with the most comments are generally those that are divisive and have racial undertones.

    The boy was denied due to a history of non-compliance for not taking his meds and not going to follow-ups as required. My father (and grandmother) were transplant patients, and believe me, they are serious about their patients being compliant. Why give an organ to someone who is not going to properly take care of themselves and will likely take for granted or “waste” this lifesaving opportunity when there are others who will do any and everything they can to live? It’s not fair to the other recipients. I am sorry for Anthony Stokes situation, but I have to agree with the doctors. I don’t think this has anything to do with race.

    • John on August 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      This is why we have THEWHITEVOICE.COM. Enough is enough with the White bashing. Its time to say we need our own voice.

  2. BumbleBee on August 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Notoya thank you for that because that really didn’t make sense to me you know how much trouble they can get into for denying a kid because of his grades that has nothing to do with him being sick.

  3. One sided story? on August 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

    There are strict criteria for transplants. Giving an organ to one person means that you are not giving it to another. There are not enough donor organs to meet the needs. So the criteria is non-biased clinical and behavioral criteria. Everyone on the transplant list has to meet the same criteria, regardless of race or economic level.

    The term “non-compliance” has nothing to do with school grades. It is used specifically to describe how a patient has followed or not followed medical directions. So the only conclusion an educated person would come to is that this child and his family have not done what the physicians have told them in the past, which is a very accurate predictor of what this patient and family will do in the future.

    So telling this family, who is apparently high risk for organ rejection because of past non-medical compliance, is also telling another family, who does not pose the same risk, yes and it makes that precious transplanted organ useful rather than wasted on someone who won’t follow medical instruction.

    • Me on April 1, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Non-complience gave the family a better shot at winning the “Ni66er Lotta” b suing the hospital and anyone else they could.

  4. Squigs on August 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I’m concerned about the legitimacy of this article and find it premature, unfair and inflammatory. Typically noncompliance in healthcare means a patient is not properly attending doctor appointments and/or not following physician orders as prescribed. I would think grades are hardly a concern— if he’s sick, he may not be able to perform at a high level anyway and medical professionals recognize that. Why didn’t Rolling Out source information regarding rejection due to grades?

  5. Elizabeth on August 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I can’t believe you would post this inaccurate article. Obviously you are getting a one sided story from the family members, which are trying to make themselves look like the victim. I know you cannot speak directly to the hospital about this issue due to HIPAA but you can employ some type of common sense when determining if a story is true or not. Non compliance from a medical standpoint usually means a person is not following the directions of their doctor.

  6. Jen on August 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Why must try say its racial then say its because if grades. This site really likes stirring up the race card. I understand the parents r upset but tell the whole story. Come on media stop causing more hatred n the world!!!!

  7. [email protected] on August 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I agree this is why real racism cases do not get real respect. This has nothing to do with racism. Terrible article and the parents should not advocate this being a case of racism.

  8. 6 Minutez on August 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    This is sad, especially since this is a 15 year old child. Let’s remember that first and foremost. And I’d like to know, from the hospital’s standpoint itself, what the non-compliance actually is–and is there a way this kid can get back into compliance so he can live?

    • billrowland on August 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      He has to stop taking illegal drugs and stop missing his scheduled appointments.

      • Wildmantis1 on August 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

        Illegal drugs…?

        • billrowland on August 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

          He tested positive every time he went in for evaluation.

    • Me on April 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      “….since this WAS a 15 year year old THUG”

      He’s gone now. LOL

  9. Gabriel Etienne on August 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    The article itself doesn’t even mention anything about race. — I can understand the need to create a story/headline and fish for hits, but in a situation like this it is pretty appalling. It deeply undermines all the very real cases, stories, and problems of racism that others face and gives those who like to cite ‘pulling the race card’ material to continue to excuse their bigotry.

    This article is a complete sham.

  10. Steph on August 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    RO didn’t state that it was racism. There is a question mark behind the statement. It is obvious that this isn’t about race or grades but medical non-compliance. They (RO) asked a question they didn’t say that it was racism.

  11. jen on August 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Non-Compliance is not bad behavior. It sound like he was supposed to be doing things to get the transplant when it became available and he did not do them. At 15 doesn’t that blame also fall on his parents? It is a shame that the parents are trying to play the race card INSTEAD OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR PART AND TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.

  12. TiredOfTheWhining on August 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    15? Look at all those tattoos. Enlarged hearts are exceedingly rare in young, fit people. One has to wonder if the family/article is leaving out one significant fact: Drugs. Just as an alcoholic will not be put on a liver list, a drug user will not be placed on the heart list. Obviously, I have no idea what the reasoning is, but hospitals just do not tell you NO, especially at his age.

  13. Fire Vet on August 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    15 and covered with tattoos. He doesn’t even show up to his appointments and he’s a felon. This POS has no value. Give the heart to someone who is not likely to end up in prison or gunned down by the police.

  14. oneofthosewomen on August 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    And on another note…doctors can no longer be sued as well as 95% of the drug companies, so good luck with Medical negligence. The medical system is a big business and they are covered to make money while not helping anyone get well but get worse with the medications they give you.

    People medical care and medications keep you sick and dependent for life then kill, plants cure. if you truly want to live you have to do what’s best for you and that is get the proper nutrition and its not in your grocery stores that sale you food that cause these diseases that are genetically modified.

    • NotTrue on May 20, 2017 at 11:10 am

      He didn’t follow the orders by the doctor and wouldn’t quit smoking weed or go to appointments. SOMETHING EVERY TRANSPLANT PATIENT MUST DO. Yet he still got pushed to the top of the list and ended up getting two transplants because he didn’t take care of the first heart he was given. A heart that could have saved the life of someone who WOULD listen to the doctor and follow the guidelines.

      OH, BY THE WAY, this moron ran over a pedestrian in a stolen car and killed himself by crashing it…while running from the cops. Yep. Two hearts that could have went to law abiding citizens that actually appreciate life.

      But you keep playing that race card and see where it gets you. Please do go live in Africa like you said you would if Trump got in to office. Your citizenship is not needed here.

  15. Christian Felanopolis on August 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    the key phrase to this whole article = “HIS MOTHER BELIEVES.” Meaning there is nothing factual, nice try but bring down your “racism” flag

  16. nignogger on August 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Negroes always holler “dat rayciss.” when a decision is made against them. A more likely answer is that they have no African people hearts because so few register as organ donors because of ignorance or laziness. Interracial organ transplants always fail, especially with the negroid race as recipients.

  17. billrowland on August 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    The kid came up positive for illegal drugs every time he was tested. why give a transplant to someone who abuses their body and refuses to stop.

    Also, The doctor who denied the transplant is black.

  18. Denver Goddess on August 13, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Amir Shaw, you wonderful race-baiting illiterate. I work in a hospital and I’ve seen this done – TO A WHITE MAN.
    Take your anti-white racism and shove it up your ass. Thanks.

  19. Cateyez on August 13, 2013 at 2:15 am

    This article is such crap, that the author can’t even keep the boys name straight…he started as Anthony, but by the end of the article he was Alonzo. If he can’t get that one fact right, how can anything else be legitimate?

  20. Wildmantis1 on August 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I don’t think the reasons for their negligence was that the kid is black, it was for what they listed: non compliance. He was just probably a unruly kid, that needed some counseling to help him through his issues while he’s there. If he IS in fact getting that, then he is just being non compliant. And doctors are not gonna waste time trying to make someone act right, especially if they’ve got ten other children that need the heart as well. Those body parts don’ grow on trees. Granted, I feel that there is some negligence on the hospital’s part, but the kid has to learn to calm down

  21. Hope on August 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    The article is untrue. The truth is because a history of non-compliance to the medicine and doctor’s advice.

  22. Me on April 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Old news. But I just heard about it. So the little non-complient thug is now dead. Since the taxpayers have been saved all the costs that would have been part of his future life…..like court appointed attorneys, costs of taking him in prison, multiple baby mama’s various welfare benefits, etc., ……SOMEONE tell me what the downside of his death was.

  23. Ray Scheel on April 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Are you going to issue an apology or retraction
    for joining in on the race-baiting to smear the reputations of the
    transplant team involved, even though this means that someone more
    appreciative of the gift this young man *wasted* may well have died from
    not getting a heart in time?
    http://news.yahoo.com/teen-got-heart-transplant-dies-crash-during-chase-215436883.html

    Also,
    you were played originally, as this story you posted was him trying to
    get a *second* transplant. The non-compliance mentioned by the
    evaluation team was because he had not taken care of the first heart he
    had been given. Feel good for yourselves though, you probably managed
    to kill someone else who needed a heart and would have appreciated the
    gift.

  24. maxonepercent on April 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

    This “good kid” who just “made mistakes while going through life” was recently killed in a wreck trying to escape the police after breaking into a home, shooting at the elderly woman who lived inside and then carjacking someone. Oh, and this scumbag managed to get TWO heart transplants, after the first one he continued smoking and got in trouble with the law, then when the doctors tried to deny him another transplant the race card was played and he got another heart. Two people had to die to allow this thug to keep living, two people who were undoubtedly more deserving of it were denied transplants because of this piece of trash.

  25. Richard Saunders on April 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    And here we are, 18 months later, and this kid is already dead. Why? Because he committed armed robbery, then carjacking, and in a high-speed chase struck a pedestrian and wrecked the car so badly that he died at the scene.

  26. Richard on July 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    And now we move forward to 2014/2015 and find out he died after breaking into someone’s home shooting at the homeowner, stealing their vehicle and leading police on a high speed pursuit where he hit a pedestrian and crashed his vehicle killing himself.

    But hey Mom and Dad were right he was a good kid and was going to clean up his life. He just never lived to clean it up. I wonder who died for not getting a heart that he did.

  27. Richard on July 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    So we move forward to 2014/15 and we find out the hospital might have been right? Funny how the article said : >>>>At 15, Stokes is a young man who has likely made mistakes as he figures out life. That’s a part of growing up and being a teen and young adult. By judging Stokes on bad conduct, the doctors and officials at Egleston are advocating medical negligence.<<<<<

    Consider factors such as stealing a car going on a high speed pursuit, hitting a pedestrian, breaking into a home and shooting at the home owner….funny