Teen Who Received Controversial Heart Transplant Killed After Crime Spree, High-Speed Chase With Police
Anthony Stokes of Decatur, Georgia, was killed yesterday after an epic crime spree. Police say the 17-year-old carjacked a Honda from Perimeter Mall, kicked in an elderly woman's front door then shot at her during an attempted burglary. He then led cops on a high-speed chase, finally losing control of the vehicle, hit a 33-year-old pedestrian and crashed into a pole. emergency workers has had to cut Anthony from his car, which was nearly cut in half by the pole. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. And here's the tea: Back in 2013, Anthony made international news because Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston had not put him on a transplant list. The hospital ruled he was a bad candidate for the organ because of his background that suggested he would be “uncompliant” in treatment and had brushes with the law. He suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, fails to pump enough blood. People who receive transplants must adhere to strict medication regimens to keep their bodies from rejecting the organs. A person can be disqualified if hospital officials think the patient won’t stick to that regimen, has no support system or an inability to pay for expensive anti-rejection medicines. At the time Antony was diagnosed, doctors said he would die within six to nine months without a transplant. The hospital reversed course and Anthony received a heart after his mother and critics from civil rights organizations contended he was denied the heart because he was poor, black and had trouble with the law, which his mother said was for fighting. He told a local reporter then he wanted the heart transplant: “So I can live a second chance. Get a second chance and do things I want to do.” According to reports, photos from Anthony's Facebook page show him, smoking weed and holding and pointing a gun at the camera (below) as he takes selfies with wads of cash.