Second chances don’t always work like in the case of this 17 year-old heart transplant kid from Atlanta

According to police records, a teenager from Atlanta, who had a heart transplant two years ago, died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police.

17 years old Anthony Tremayne Stokes, died Tuesday when the car he was driving hit a bank sign, a Roswell police officer wrote in an incident report. The officer discerned the black Honda Accord involved in a home invasion a short time earlier, fit the description of a vehicle, the report says. The driver refused to stop, the report said, when the officer tried to pull the car over.

Earlier Tuesday, the report says, the car had been reportedly stolen in nearby Dunwoody.

News from local media quoted Stokes’ family, in August 2013,  saying that doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston had refused to put Stokes on a transplant waiting list due to his troubled past and belief he wouldn’t fulfill the strict medication plan and follow-up treatment.

Stokes, then 15, needed a new heart, he suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy. The news media quoted the mother saying her son can likely die within six to nine months without a new heart.

At the time, the hospital said in statement that transplant evaluation is an ongoing process and that doctors were working with his family on a care plan. But the decision was overturned and Stokes received a heart transplant last Aug. 21, 2013.

Over a month later, Stokes told a reporter with WSB-TV, Atlanta, that the transplant would help him assist him stay out of trouble.

Stokes told the television reporter, “So I can live a second chance. Get a second chance and do things I want to do.”

Stokes was believe to be the person wearing a mask , who open forced the carport door of a home Tuesday afternoon and left once he realized an 81-year-old woman living there was home. He was fleeing that house when police gave chase.

According to DeKalb County court records, Stokes was also arrested in January and charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime and criminal attempt, but was  released a few weeks later after posting $5,000 bond.

 

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