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Teen not allowed transplant
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Not sure what I think about this. No official info, just parents guessing. One thing I noticed is that it seems to be a sort of ghetto family.....troubled kid and mom admits they probably won't be going to follow up treatments. (No public transportation???) Haven't heard a story like this before.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/13...latestnews

Quote:A 15-year-old Georgia teen was denied a shot at a life-saving heart transplant because of his history with law enforcement and poor grades, according to his family.
MyFoxAtlanta.com reports that officials at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston have informed patient Anthony Stokes' family that he doesn’t qualify for its heart transplant list because he has a history of "non-compliance."
"They said they don’t have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups," Melencia Hamilton, Anthony’s mother told WSBTV.com.
Hamilton told the station that her son, who suffers from an enlarged heart, has only six months to live and needs the transplant to survive.
While doctors at the hospital have not revealed the specific reason Anthony was kept off the list, family friends told WSBTV.com that his juvenile record and past performance in school played a role in the decision.
“They've given him a death sentence,” Christine Young Brown, president of the Newton-Rockdale chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference told the station.
Hamilton suspects the family's financial situation may also have 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," Hamilton told MyFoxAtlanta.com.


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One of the criteria for being chosen as a transplant candidate has ALWAYS been the evaluation of the likelihood a person will meticulously follow medication and check-up regimens. Even one missed day of medication can cause an organ to be rejected.

This boy is paying for his parents' failure to follow medical procedures. If I had a teen who was ill, you can bet that he would be taking his medication and getting to the doctors'. It's not the system that is broken here; it's the parents lack of parenting. Transportation difficulties are real, but not insurmountable. However, transportation has nothing to do with skipping medication. If he has the coverage to get a heart transplant, he has coverage for the medications.

RugerGirl;115072 Wrote:Not sure what I think about this. No official info, just parents guessing. One thing I noticed is that it seems to be a sort of ghetto family.....troubled kid and mom admits they probably won't be going to follow up treatments. (No public transportation???) Haven't heard a story like this before.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/13...latestnews

Quote:A 15-year-old Georgia teen was denied a shot at a life-saving heart transplant because of his history with law enforcement and poor grades, according to his family.
MyFoxAtlanta.com reports that officials at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston have informed patient Anthony Stokes' family that he doesn’t qualify for its heart transplant list because he has a history of "non-compliance."
"They said they don’t have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups," Melencia Hamilton, Anthony’s mother told WSBTV.com.
Hamilton told the station that her son, who suffers from an enlarged heart, has only six months to live and needs the transplant to survive.
While doctors at the hospital have not revealed the specific reason Anthony was kept off the list, family friends told WSBTV.com that his juvenile record and past performance in school played a role in the decision.
“They've given him a death sentence,” Christine Young Brown, president of the Newton-Rockdale chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference told the station.
Hamilton suspects the family's financial situation may also have 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," Hamilton told MyFoxAtlanta.com.


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Thank you. I didn't realize there were rules like that with transplants...but that makes sense. Just reading the article I was thinking...."Okay, your kid is about to die, yet you can't figure out how to get him to a doctor appointment after life-saving surgery???"

I was waiting for something racial to enter into this but I'm assuming the family is white or something would have been said by now. I'm glad it didn't enter into it, as it seems to enter everything else these days.

Anyway yep, fair enough....if the family isn't going to make an effort to do their part, then no transplant. I hope they don't get some sort of national outrage, which I assume is what they are hoping with this article.
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According to the article its suspected his poor grades and problem with law enforcement are the reason why.

People can be idiots when it comes to school and little craps when it comes to listening to authorities, yet still take their medication religiously.
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Camper;115095 Wrote:According to the article its suspected his poor grades and problem with law enforcement are the reason why.

People can be idiots when it comes to school and little craps when it comes to listening to authorities, yet still take their medication religiously.


Yeah but that's just family and friends guessing..... it could have nothing to do with his grades.

Although I can definitely see a fine line here...I mean, it would be similar I guess to heart transplants to the incarcerated.... should transplants go first to law abiding citizens? I don't know. It could go both ways I guess on that......
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RugerGirl;115109 Wrote:Although I can definitely see a fine line here...I mean, it would be similar I guess to heart transplants to the incarcerated.... should transplants go first to law abiding citizens? I don't know. It could go both ways I guess on that......

He isn't incarcerated though.
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Camper;115110 Wrote:
RugerGirl;115109 Wrote:Although I can definitely see a fine line here...I mean, it would be similar I guess to heart transplants to the incarcerated.... should transplants go first to law abiding citizens? I don't know. It could go both ways I guess on that......

He isn't incarcerated though.

True.

Well to me, that is a side issue, as that is only the family complaining and guessing right now.

As mingomom pointed out...the rules are that they have to buy medicine and come to follow up appointments...and her quote near the end states plainly that she probably "wouldn't be able to go". So the kid's grades are really a non-issue unless the doctors make it an issue.
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With the lack of available donor organs, doctors won't risk a healthy organ on someone they suspect won't follow their instructions.
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#9
If the organ donation is privately-controlled, then they should be able to set whatever rules they want. If it's a government thing, well I think the government should GTFO of health care.
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#10
One huge problem is that health care technology has risen far above the ability of most people to pay for it.

So then you have the issue of SOMEBODY paying for it. And whoever is paying for it gets to make the decisions. If the government is paying for organ transplants, then they get to make the decisions...it is what it is.

And it's why ObamaCare is soooo bad.
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