Anthony Stokes, 15, was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and given six months to live, but his family said they were told he isn't eligible to get on the heart donor list -- the only procedure that can save his life -- because he has a history of non-compliance with care providers.
"They said they don't have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups," Stokes' mother Melencia Hamilton told WSBTV, Atlanta, Monday.
She said she believed her son isn't being put on the list because he has low grades and has had past trouble with the law -- not because he has ignored doctors' orders.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the hospital caring for Stokes, said doctors are still evaluating the best course of treatment.
"The well-being of our patients is always our first priority," hospital spokeswoman Patty Gregory said. "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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