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Troubled Teen Who Received Controversial Heart Transplant Killed After Crime Spree

April 1, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Troubled Teen Who Received Controversial Heart Transplant Killed After Crime Spree

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A teenager from a troubled background who received a controversial heart transplant two years ago has squandered a chance at life.

Anthony Stokes, 17, of Decatur, Ga, died Tuesday after losing control of his car during a high-speed chase with Georgia Police. Police said Stokes, attempted a burglary and a carjacking, both connected to the fatal car accident.

Stokes made major headlines in August 2013 after the Children’s Healthcare Hospital of Atlanta refused to put him on the transplant list due to his troubled history with law enforcement.

Hospital officials concluded Stokes would be a bad candidate for the life-saving procedure because they felt he wouldn’t be compliant regarding the treatment.

At the time, Stokes was given 6-9 months to live after being diagnosed with the heart condition, dilated cardiomyopathy, which affects the heart’s left ventricle, leaving it unable to pump enough blood.

His mother, Melencia Hamilton alleged in 2013 that hospital officials casted her son in a bad light because he wore a court-ordered ankle device. “It seems they decided he was a troublemaker, and that’s just not true,” Hamilton claimed.

Hamilton was unavailable for comment Tuesday. Recipients of heart transplants must follow strict medication procedure, which prevents a patient’s body from rejecting the new organs.

Hospital officials can deny a patient if they believe the patient fits the criteria that include following the regimen. The hospital caved under pressure from civil rights groups who claimed officials discriminated against Stokes because of his skin color, financial status, and troubled history.

Police officials confirmed Stokes was the suspect killed during a police pursuit. Detectives say Stokes allegedly robbed an elderly Georgia woman at gunpoint after breaking into her home. The elderly woman said she was home watching T.V. when Stokes broke through a door in her home, pointed a gun at the woman and fired shots into the walls of her home.

Officers responding to the burglary spotted Stokes fleeing in a black Honda, which matched the description of a vehicle that was reported carjacked.

Stokes hit a car at an intersection, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle, hitting a pedestrian before crashing into a sign, nearly severing the car in half. Police said first responders had to cut the vehicle to free Stokes. Paramedics immediately rushed him to the hospital, where he later died.

The pedestrian is listed in stable condition along with the driver of the other car.

Stokes in a 2013 interview proclaimed, the heart transplant would straighten his life out, “so I can live a second chance. Get a second chance and do things I want to do.”

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