GEORGIA (ABC News/21Alive) -- A Georgia teenager, who needs a lifesaving heart transplant, was denied after doctors said he had a history of "noncompliance", but now the hospital has reversed that decision.
Doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston told the family of 15-year-old Anthony Stokes that they wouldn't put him on the transplant list because of his history of "noncompliance," according to ABC's Atlanta affiliate WSBTV.
"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.
Anthony has an enlarged heart and has been given six months to live, according to WSBTV. Stokes' family says low grades and trouble with the law were keeping him off the transplant list.
"We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind," hospital spokeswoman Patty Gregory said in the statement to ABCNews.com Tuesday.
And now, one day later and following national media attention, the hospital has reversed their decision.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta told ABC News that a heart transplant evaluation is an ongoing process and since Stokes' heart is critical, he'll be put at the top of the list when a heart comes in. But the hospital would not confirm that Stokes is back on the waiting list.
This is the second time that a family has seen organ donations rules altered after attracting media attention. Leaving some to wonder if the public fights over organs are changing the rules.
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