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Mom says teen son kept off heart transplant list

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A DeKalb County parent says her teenager is being kept off the heart transplant wait list at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Anthony Stokes, 15, has an enlarged heart and needs a life-saving heart transplant, but the teen's mother, Melencia Hamilton, says hospital officials won't place him on the wait list.

In a letter to Stokes' family, officials at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston say they won't put him on the transplant wait list because they said he had a history of non-compliance.

"He didn't have any medical history. He wouldn't, you know, make his doctor's appointments," said Hamilton.

Hamilton says her son has only been to clinics for check-ups and immunization shots because, until now, he's never been sick. She believes money played a role in the hospital's decision.

"I think that they don't think that we can pay for the medicine. We probably couldn't get to the doctor visits because of transportation. I don't have a car," said Hamilton.

Hamilton also believes Anthony's juvenile record played a role in the hospital's decision. She says he was under a court-ordered house arrest.

But despite his past, Anthony's mother believes he deserves a chance to live so he can fulfill his dreams.

"He wants to go to college so bad. He talks about being an entrepreneur, opening up his own computer store," said Hamilton.

Officials with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta told FOX 5 in a statement, "The well-being of our patients is always our first priority. We are continuing to work with this family and looking at all options regarding this patient's health care. We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind."

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