Yesterday, TyrannosaurusBataar posted about a 15-year-old teenager in Georgia being denied a spot in line for a heart transplant because of his history of "noncompliance" (they were referencing his grades and stuff). The rest of us knew, of course, it's just plain racism.*
Well, excellent news: he has been moved to the top of the list.
“We met with hospital officials about 30 minutes ago,” family spokesman Mark Bell said this afternoon. “After reviewing the situation, they said Anthony would be placed on the list for a heart transplant and that he would be first in line, due to his weakened heart condition.”
Anthony would have 6 months to live without a heart transplant.
*UPDATE: I made the comment about racism without doing the work to fully understand what compliance means. In the spirit of fairness and truth, I'm including a comment from below from Seoul Sister, who is close to the situation and knows what she's talking about:
"The rest of us knew, of course, it's just plain racism."
No, and fuck you for posting this.
My father sits on the panel that reviews transplant candidates for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the hospital handling Anthony Stokes' transplant - it isn't about race, and 'noncompliance' has nothing to do with his grades 'and stuff.' It has to do with his history of skipping appointments and not taking medication. This is one of the most vital and disqualifying factors for many candidates - without anti-rejection medication, without continued medical attention, there is the risk that the organ will fail, that the patient could die, that the transplant could be medically unsuccessful, and that the vital, precious resource that is a viable heart for transplant could be lost.
It isn't fun, it isn't something that is taken lightly, it is an impossibly sensitive and delicate evaluation of who will live and who will die, and even though the people that review these cases are supposed to be as dispassionate as possible, it is very emotional.
I know four of the people there that review these cases. So think before you shoot your mouth off and assume this some rigged Good Ol Boys club that sends black kids needing hearts packing.