Teen Who Received Heart Transplant Killed In Car Chase

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Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Anthony Stokes, the 17-year-old who was brought into the national spotlight when doctors denied him a heart transplant, died yesterday (March 31) in a high-speed car chase.

According to Lisa Holland, spokeswoman for the Roswell, Georgia police department, Stokes was a suspect in a break-in; an 81-year-old woman told police that an individual broke into her house wearing a mask and shot at her.

Her neighbors reported that the suspect left in a black car, dodging the police who arrived in response to the 911 call. Other officers who spotted the car ran the license plate, only to discover that it was stolen, according to NBC.

Authorities began pursuing Stokes, who apparently lost control of the vehicle, hit a pedestrian, and then crashed. Firefighters were able to extract him from the car. He was taken to a hospital, and later died there.

The pedestrian was alert while being taken to the hospital.

Stokes had a heart muscle disease called dilated cardiomyopathy, which commonly leads to heart failure. Two years ago, he went to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for treatment and was told that a transplant was his only hope. Stokes was wearing an ankle bracelet because he was under house arrest for his involvement in a fight.

Doctors wouldn’t put him on the waiting list for a heart transplant, citing his “history of noncompliance,” presumably holding his past encounters with the law against him. They didn’t trust that he would take his medication and show up for obligatory check-ups after the transplant.

“He’s a young boy… He’s going to make mistakes, but I still think he deserves a second chance,” Melencia Hamilton, his mother, told TODAY at the time.

Doctors eventually changed their minds, and Stokes received the transplant in August 2013.

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