Teen's Heart Transplant Held Up

Doctors initially told teenager they wouldn't give him a new heart that would save his life.
1:57 | 08/13/13

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more after a court has its say. Washington national airport. And a life or death day for a teenager who was told he could not have the new heart that might save his life. He is one of 3500 patients waiting for a transplant. Why was his request denied, and why did it suddenly change? Reporter: Inside an atlanta childrens hospital, anthony stokes is visibly weak. His mother says he has an enlarged heart, and without a transplant, he only has a month to live. He wants to go to college and open up a computer store. And I think by them saying that they don't want to give him the heart, it's not fair. S Reporter: She says he's denied a transplant because he had trouble with the law. He arrived with an ankle monitor. The hospital cited a history of non-compliance. There would have to be many red flags, show an inability to follow the demanding steps necessary to take care of a new heart. The hospital said a heart transplant evaluation is an ongoing process based on the patient and family's ability to meet the criteria. The number of requests far exceeds the number of hearts available. The consequences of getting this wrong, of not taking your medications, not coming to clinic when you need to, is that person's probably going to die. And the organ that could have gone to somebody else will be lost with them. I know he will follow the rules. He will take his medicine. That's how he's going to live. Reporter: And just moments ago, the family told us anthony is on the list, giving him a chance to live. Gio benitez, abc news, new york.

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