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Teen Who Received Heart Transplant Dies in Car Chase

Teen who got heart transplant dies in car chase

A suburban Atlanta teenager who received national attention two years ago after doctors turned down his request for a heart transplant was killed Tuesday in a high-speed police chase. Anthony Stokes, 17, of Decatur, Georgia, received a transplant to replace his failing heart in August 2013 — but only after a hospital reversed its decision denying him a spot on the transplant list because of his brushes with the law. Doctors rebuffed Stokes because he had a “history of noncompliance,” and they did not think he would take his medications or show up for follow-up appointments, Stokes’ mother said. The hospital changed its mind after his mother accused doctors of punishing her son for a history of run-ins with the law.

Flash forward two years: Stokes on Tuesday afternoon crashed a stolen car while being pursued by police in Roswell, Georgia, department spokeswoman Lisa Holland told NBC News. Firefighters got him out of the car, and he later died at a hospital.

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