***UPDATE*** CHANGE OF HEART

An Atlanta children’s hospital reversed course on Tuesday and decided to list a 15-year-old boy for a heart transplant, only days after refusing to do so because of concerns that he would not follow medical advice, including taking medication, after surgery.

Officials with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston informed the family of Anthony Stokes of its new position on Tuesday afternoon, his mother, Melencia Hamilton, said. The reversal came after the family waged a
two-day media campaign, arguing that Mr. Stokes was being denied a chance to live because of recent behavioral problems. He arrived at the hospital last month wearing a juvenile court-ordered monitoring anklet, according to Mack Major, a spokesman for the family. His house arrest was for fighting at school, Mr. Major said.

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