Mother Claims 15-Yr Old Can’t Get a Heart Because of His Bad Grades and Behavior

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In Atlanta, a mother claims that her son is condemned to a “death sentence” because doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta refuse to place her son on the heart transplant list.

Anthony Stokes, 15, only has six months to live due to an enlarged heart discovered last month at the children’s hospital.

Because of the urgency, Stokes needs the transplant immediately. However, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta claims that Anthony has not taken any of his prescribed medications. This  automatically rules  him out from being put on the transplant list.

Despite the hospital’s claims, civil rights groups and Stokes’ family suggest that Anthony’s “brushes with the law and low grades at school” are the reasons that he is being denied a heart, ultimately sending the dying boy home with no means of survival.

“He’s been given a death sentence because of a broad and vague excuse of noncompliance. There was nothing specific in that decision. Just noncompliance,” said Christine Young Brown who is with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Brown is also Anthony’s spokesperson in this unfortunate controversy.

Anthony was healthy until  last month when  during a routine check-up, doctors discovered that the young boy’s heart was enlarged.

“Every day is up and down. He’s ok one minute, the next time he’s not,” explained Anthony’s mother, Melencia Hamilton to CBS Atlanta.

Specialists at the hospital sent Hamilton a letter on August 7 which vaguely explained why he was being taken off of the donor list.  He was no longer a transplant candidate “due to having a history of non-compliance, which is one of our center’s contraindications to listing for a heart transplant,” read the letter.

The letter also stated, “As we discussed today with Anthony’s mother, we will not place Anthony on the heart transplant waiting list at this time due to this decision.”

Every transplant list has specific criteria attached to it, including special requirements that have to be met by the potential recipient. However, family and friends of the dying teen believe that Anthony’s past behaviors could be the cause of his being denied a spot on the list.

While in the hospital room with Anthony, a family friend expressed his concerns with WSBTV.com .


“The non-compliance is fabricating because they don’t want to give him a heart,” said the friend. “This is unacceptable because he must lose his life because of a non-compliance.”

The hospital claimed that they were afraid Anthony would not follow the strict demands of his medications and the  follow-up treatments that are needed for his transplant to be a complete success.

No one knows what evidence of “non-compliance” the hospital has to deny the young boy a heart.


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spokeswoman Patty Gregory issued a statement in attempts to refute any claims of mismanagement about the transplant list.

“The well-being of our patients is always our first priority. We are continuing to work with this family and looking at all options regarding this patient’s health care,” she said. “We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind.”

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53 Responses to Mother Claims 15-Yr Old Can’t Get a Heart Because of His Bad Grades and Behavior

  1. I guess those hearts are only for crackers. I’m hoping they add him to list if not maybe we can donate to him so he can have some fun before he dies. If he is not added to list I hope his mother starts a make a wish drive for her son.

    humm
    August 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm
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    • You really believe moms lies???? come on now…you cannot deny life saving treatment to a sick patient, don’t believe the hype cause mom is making excuses for this young man. I know mom cannot shadow her son 24/7 because this young man is old enough to know he has to be responsible and take his meds and keep his doctor appts!

      cheche
      August 13, 2013 at 1:34 am
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    • how is it that you can use the term cracker???/!!!!!

      joe mamma
      August 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm
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    • No, hearts are for people who follow medical advice and will actually take care of it. No one is going to give someone a heart who doesnt take proper care of it. Are you going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get your 4 year old a car knowing that the moment they get behind the wheel they are going to total it and kill themselves? I dont think so, and if you say yes then you are a moron. Same goes. Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to give this kid a new heart if he is just going to die after the transplant for not taking his meds?

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 9:41 am
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  2. WoW! I don’t believe what I’m seeing. The mother didn’t say 1 thing bout race. Yet ppl are making it the issue. Stop it!! We have enough hate in the world we don’t need folks making up lies and instigating based on race. For once race isn’t the issue aren’t you all glad? I know I am! I’m tired of this #RACE CARD being played. Enough iz Enough!!

    Dana Gaddis
    August 12, 2013 at 11:08 pm
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    • TELL THAT STUPIDITY TO TREYVON, AND HIS PARENTS AND OSCAR GRANT.TELL THAT TO THE INNOCENT
      BLACKMEN THAT GET LOCKED UP FOR NO REASON,OR FALSELY ACCUSED FOR SOMETHING THAT THEY DID
      NOT DO.IF THE RACE CARD WAS NEVER PULLED WHERE WOULD WE BE,SURELY NOT ON THE INTERNET,
      PROBABLY SOMEWHERE IN CHAINS GETTING THE HELL WHOOPED UP OUT OF US. LETS LOOK AT THE
      BIBLICAL POINT OF VIEW OF IT SINCE YOUR USEING WHITEMALE RATIONAL INSTEAD OF HOW THE BIBLE
      WOULD HAVE JUDGED IT.YOU SEE GOD HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT ADAM DONE,SURELY THE WHITES
      THAT CARRY THE BLOOD OF THE SLAVE OWNERS ARE ALSO GUILTY THROUGH THEIR BLOOD ALSO.HAVE
      YOU EVER SEEN A GOOD PERSON SUFFER SO BAD,WELL ITS HIS BLOOD LINE THAT CARRIED OVER SEVERAL
      EVIL SEEDS,AND THOSE SEEDS ARE EVIL DEEDS,SO HE HAD TO SUFFER IT OUT. THIS WHITE.MAN
      RATIONAL GOT YOU THINKING THAT YOUR RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DESTINY,WELL YOUR ANCESTOR BLOOD
      LINE OBEDIENCE TO GOD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOUR DESTINY WILL BE,SO DONT GET IT TWISTED.

      TRUTH
      August 13, 2013 at 7:27 am
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      • This case has nothing to do with Trayvon. Why even bring him up into this. Let that boy rest in peace. Stop trying to use him as an example in every other “maybe racist” story you come across. I’m sure his parents don’t appreciate it! As far as that other crap you posted, maybe you need to be compliant with your medications.

        Donna Corbin
        August 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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      • Why can you not get over the slavery ordeal? It was horrible. I’m white and married to a white man, but it does not mean that I agree with slavery of any type. Black folks are not the only people who have had to suffer from slavery issues. These problems went on long before and still go on today. Slavery is not a “black” problem. This country will never move forward because no one can let the past go. Are you currently a slave? FYI: I don’t own any slaves and never have. Don’t want to, either. Don’t bring the Bible into your argument because if you are Christian, then you would know that we are to live by the words of Jesus. Jesus taught about love, forgiveness, and turn the other cheek. People are human and make many mistakes. I’m sorry that this issue is something you can’t move past and live your life happily, dealing only with everyday issues. If someone doesn’t like you because of your skin color, so what? That’s their loss. Unfortunately, there will always be racist issues around the world because there are different races.
        I’ve met, worked with, and associated with many black folks in my life. Some were good people, some were not. And guess what? Some didn’t like white folks just because they were white. It didn’t bother me because I don’t live my life to please other people. If you don’t like me because I’m white, that’s your loss because I’m actually a really nice person who, if you needed me, would do everything in my power to be there for you, white or black.
        I pray that Jesus will come into your heart and bring you peace and love so that you can live in ease. When He does, I also pray that you will be able to pass this along to someone else.

        In Christian love,
        Chondra

        Chondra
        August 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm
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  3. Regarding the young man’s life, I truly pray he comes around and realizes how precious #LIFE truly is. So that he can take his meds as scheduled and #BEAT this thing.

    Dana Gaddis
    August 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm
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    • This is not twitter leave the # out hipster.

      Goytoy
      August 13, 2013 at 7:44 am
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  4. It disturbs me to know that people can be cruel enough to take the “thats what he gets approach”. The comments left on this article shows exactly why it is about race. Grades in school is not criteria for receiving an operation. So because he “supposedly had bad grades” he now deserves to die. Do you know how freaking stupid that sounds. Wake up people, because bad grades or good grades if this child was related to one of you I doubt you would take the same position.

    Al Campbell III
    August 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm
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    • Al we are supposed to act right in order to deserve what we get. We are expected to tow the line or that is it… no questions asked… decisions final. In this country 99% of our problems are about race. It is so deeply ingrained in our psyches that we now feel we can deny it totally. Of course the things happening to this kid have a racial component to them. Is that the whole story? Probably not, but it is part. If it is or not, the last thing I am going to do is let some Caucasian person tell how to think. “Race card”?? I am not playing cards!! In my attempt to be fair I will decide for myself if race has anything to do with it. I am suspicious of any Caucasian person reassuring me about anything racial. Who cares what they think anyway? Rarely do they care what the average black person thinks. You are not going to persuade them. They already have their minds made up about you and who you are. In order for their opinion to change about you you have to bend over backward to convince them you are not like the others. This in itself is racist. I say just the opposite… convince me you aren’t racist then I will believe.

      makar72
      August 14, 2013 at 8:32 am
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  5. The hospital has a responsibility to give this child a Heart Transplant,and on the other hand his Mother is responsible to make certain that he takes his medication…WoW this is serious issue,wake up people.

    ana
    August 13, 2013 at 12:11 am
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    • the hospital isnt responsible for anything. there are thousands of people waiting for hearts. the people who comply are the ones who will get them

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 9:53 am
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  7. Come on, no hospital is going to deny a patient life saving treatment unless he/she are non-compliant and even then the hospital will do all they can to treat the pt. I have worked in the health care field for a long time and I have never heard of a pt being denied treatment because their grades are bad!!!!

    cheche
    August 13, 2013 at 1:26 am
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  8. This is rediculous!!! Who are they to determine if he will take his meds correctly. They can’t say that he will or if he won’t. It’s just a reason for them to deny him the chance to live. They need to be put in that same position for them to know how it feels to put in that predicament.
    Yes, it’s only natural for this to be put labeled as “Racially Profiled!”
    Racism is still very much alive.

    Agetha Broussard
    August 13, 2013 at 2:14 am
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    • Nope, nope, and nope. Not only did he not take his meds on time which can be proven by drawing blood. But he also missed appointments according to hospital. The meds are necessary to stay compliant so his body does not reject the organ. Thus ensuring the organ isnt wasted. Try reading the article next time and not just the headline.

      Goytoy
      August 13, 2013 at 7:47 am
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    • there are thousands of people waiting for hearts. the people who comply are the ones who will get them. blood tests are what determine if he takes his meds correctly, so yes they can say that he isnt taking them correctly. if he isnt taking them now, it means that the heart will reject and he will die anyways and then that is a dead heart that could have saved someone elses life, a life of someone who would have taken care of it. Yes, racism is still very much alive. What is sad though is that the tables have turned. More black people are racist these days then anyone. Ignorant black people (not educated black people) are the only ones who blame everything on race. I am guessing that you are one of the ignorant black people. and no I am not racially profiling you. I am just profiling you from what you said.

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 9:57 am
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  9. That’s OK.To those who say that this kid got what’s coming to him..the same thing can happen to one of your love ones or to you.If it does happen,I wonder will some of you guys have that” You got what you deserved” mantra.”Judge ye,not because you’re being judged also” the bible says. Just as you’re judging him, you’re also being judged. Let’s hope that this travesty won’t happen to you.

    D
    August 13, 2013 at 2:58 am
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  10. There is something missing in this story. The whole bit about noncompliance is rather vague. The part about not taking his medication is also a little vague. For example, is the young man not taking his medications because he is being recalcitrant, or could it be he is not taking his medications because they are way out his families budget and they can’t afford them?

    Too little information to make an informed opinion.

    wmcm
    August 13, 2013 at 3:45 am
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  11. The title is misleading it says he isn’t getting the transplant because of bad grades and behavior. I am at loss for words about him not taking his meds, but his condition could have worsened even taking the medicine.

    Sandra Dee
    August 13, 2013 at 4:44 am
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  12. WELL IF THEY DISCOVER THAT A WHITE CHILD WAS NOT IN COMPLIANCE BUT RECIEVED A HEART,THIS
    COULD BE BECAUSE OF THE BOY RACE AS BEING BLACK,AND I WONDER WHY,OR WHAT EVIDENCE DO SHE
    HAVE THAT JUSTIFY IT ABOUT RACE. I WILL FOLLOW THIS CASE BECAUSE I AM SURE THERE IS MORE TO THIS
    STORY THAN WHAT THIS EDITOR IS WRITEING HERE.

    TRUTH
    August 13, 2013 at 6:44 am
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    • there are white people, black people and hispanic people who die everyday from not getting an organ because they didnt comply. Even inmates (black, white, hispanic) can get on the transplant list as long as they comply with medical doctors. You are just fucking ignorant.

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 9:47 am
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  13. It saddens me to hear this….hope they do right by him…either way.

    LYNN in town
    August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am
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  14. It’s hard to believe that a hospital would deny this young man treatment, if I read this story correctly,they said that they was afraid that he wouldn’t take his meds,and follow up treatment, this is a sad story ,however,the hospital should be more clear on the reason why they feel afraid,if he was their child would they make the same assumption about their own, I say they would want their child to have the best treatment out there for their’s,this is the same old bullshit,they feel as if he’s not worthy, to live

    Seleathal Lee
    August 13, 2013 at 8:19 am
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  15. hes a baby still and i think its very wrong to keep him off the list. he doesnt fully understand the importance of takin his meds and im sure its been plenty of people who didnt take their meds as they were supposed to but still got a transplant, i think its something else.i think what they wanna say is NIGGA U AINT GETTING SHIT. why when theres some old ass 80yr white woman who deserves it more.

    Kimberly Bradley-dean
    August 13, 2013 at 8:37 am
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    • If blood levels dont match up every single time, you are automatically taken off of the list. You can apply again and if everything checks out in the probation period you can get back on the list but your name goes on the bottom. There are many other people who need hearts and will actually take care of it, not waste it by not taking their meds and die anyways because their body rejects it (which will happen if he doesnt take the meds)

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 9:50 am
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  16. Race has nothing to do with it! The meds are to make sure that the body won’t reject the new heart. If he and his mother can’t follow that simple rule they can’t blame the hospital. It’s hard to find matches for people. I don’t wanna hear that “he’s still a baby” crap. He understands good and well what will happen. And sorry to say but so does his mother and if she can’t get him to take his meds then the consequence of death will soon follow.

    Diamonique Lewis
    August 13, 2013 at 10:31 am
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  17. Please how in the heck can a kid of 15 already have several run in with the law. He just got sick a couple months back why is he failing in school. There isn’t any excuse and I’m tired of blacks trying to right wrongs. On top of that the boy wasn’t taking his meds, yeah I’m with the hospital this kid must not care about his life becuz he’s already tossing it out

    latoya
    August 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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  18. if he had money this wouldn’t be in the the news

    vickie
    August 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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  19. We don’t know what side effects the meds had even if they tested his blood, many meds cause nausea and can cause vomiting relatively soon after taking them. Because he is a minor it is his parents responsibility to make sure he is taking his meds and getting to his doctor’s appointments. Obviously he is probably not driving himself around at 15. When parent’s don’t make sure that meds are taken it is called medical neglect and becomes a cps issue.

    African-Americans have been discriminated against in the medical arena for decades, in fact I have had doctor’s from Georgia tell me that many hospitals use to experiment on African-Americans, so it is not to far fetched to question if his ethnic background plays a role in him being on the list. To not place a 15 year old on a transplant list is inhumane regardless of race.

    Any psychologist will tell you that a 15 year old’s brain is not fully developed, mentally they are not able to make the best choices that involve logic and reasoning, which is why they are called minors and require adult consent.

    taylor
    August 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm
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  20. We don’t know what side effects the meds had even if they tested his blood, many meds cause nausea and can cause vomiting relatively soon after taking them. It may have also been a cost issue, some meds cost hundreds or thousands of dollars for just one months supply. THE LONG AND SHORT IS THAT WE DON’T KNOW WHY HE WASN’T TAKING HIS MEDS. That is why they have social workers to help families solve problems such as these. I’m not seeing were much was done to solve this families problems.

    Because he is a minor it is his parents responsibility to make sure he is taking his meds and getting to his doctor’s appointments. Obviously he is probably not driving himself around at 15. When parent’s don’t make sure that meds are taken or critical appointments are kept it is called medical neglect and becomes a child protective service issue.

    African-Americans have been discriminated against in the medical arena for decades, in fact I have had doctor’s from Georgia tell me that many hospitals use to experiment on African-Americans, so it is not so far fetched to question if his ethnic background plays a role in him being on the list. To not place a 15 year old on a transplant list is inhumane regardless of race.

    Any psychologist will tell you that a 15 year old’s brain is not fully developed, mentally they are not able to make the best choices that involve logic and reasoning, which is why they are called minors and require adult consent. In the end he is still a child and we cannot expect him to make adult decisions.

    I am also an RN and I’ve worked on a transplant unit and seen people of ALL races abuse their bodies before and after getting transplants. So I’m not buying the refusal because of not taking meds, makes no sense.

    taylor
    August 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm
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  21. My daughter, may she rest in peace, was put on a heart transplant list because one of her chemotherapy treatments damaged her heart. There are many requirements that a “responsible” patient need to do before this. My daughter had to have been in remission for 5+ years – she was 6 years in remission. She had to be a certain weight – she lost the weight. She did everything required of her to be put on that list and although she was a grown woman, she had a huge amount of support from me, her Mother, family and friends. She passed away a week after receiving her beeper of an aneurysm. She is perfect now and with her God. I’m not sure exactly what is really going on with this young man, however, I wish him well.

    Sasha
    August 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm
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    • I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. She is watching over you and protecting you now.

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 10:02 am
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  22. i believe the hospital because my 3 year old daughter just got a heart transplant 6 months ago from the very same hospital and they give her the very best care for 10 months! If hes not gonna take care his meds and do all the follow up care why list him if hes not taking his meds he really not gonna take them after the transplant because their are so many my daugther takes 22 all day every day! He dont need a heart if he not gonna take care of it he is old enough to khow the seriousness of this

    Jessica Jones
    August 16, 2013 at 2:22 am
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    • glad your daughter is doing good. wishing you and your family nothing but health and happiness

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 10:03 am
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  23. I have a Godson who had a transplant he is 24 and he has not always followed the rules, what make you think a 15 year old who feel like he is ok. It may or may not have something to do with race, I’m sure this mom is doing her best at the end of the day he is a child and he will die. What if it was your child, nephew, cousin or you had a connection with his family, he is a child and he is dying, God help this family and the persons family who took him off the list and help our negative comments, I have children and ext family and I pray that this wouldn’t happen, move to California save your child’s life

    Pastor Shakir Zaid
    August 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm
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  24. I have a Godson who had a transplant he is 24 and he has not always followed the rules, what make you think a 15 year old who feel like he is ok. It may or may not have something to do with race, I’m sure this mom is doing her best at the end of the day he is a child and he will die. What if it was your child, nephew, cousin or you had a connection with his family, he is a child and he is dying, God help this family and the persons family who took him off the list and help our negative comments, I have children and ext family and I pray that this wouldn’t happen, move to California save your child’s life

    Pastor Shakir Zaid
    August 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm
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    • we all hope it never happens to us but the truth is, life happens. life never stops. we bury our children every single day. its not fair!!! this boy and this mother have a chance to save his life. my son was stolen from me, many children are stolen from their parents. this boy needs to straighten the fuck up if he wants to live because not everyone has that choice. i wish i had the opportunity that this family has to save my son, but i didnt, and i dont. and its life. and i have to live with it. i hope they smarten up because no mother should ever know the pain of living every day without her child in her arms.

      Brassknuckles N'Tattoos
      August 17, 2013 at 10:08 am
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  25. Amen Randy Jones….

    Tonya
    August 17, 2013 at 5:07 am
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  26. It doesn’t matter how many people is on the waiting list for a Heart Transplant, if Anthony Stokes,15 takes his prescribe medication,he has a right to a heart,just as well as anyone else…And the hospital will be held Responsible and Accountable.

    ana
    August 21, 2013 at 1:24 am
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  27. Excellent!! AWESOME .. that is just so so so great Jack!!! Good job. I’m so happy for you & your family.I still pray (frequently) for all of you esealipcly you.Keep up the good work and keep up the posts . love to read them.xoxoJA

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