—Eddie Hollis, Atlanta
A: Anthony Stokes, of DeKalb County, received a new heart at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Aug. 20, about two weeks after he initially was told by hospital officials that he wasn't a strong candidate for transplant because he had a "history of non-compliance," the AJC reported. Stokes, who was 15 at the time of the transplant, suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber, fails to pump enough blood. A family spokesman has said that Stokes didn't have health problems until this summer, when his chest began hurting and he had trouble sleeping. Melencia Hamilton, Stokes' mother, had told the AJC that her son likely would have had six to nine months to live without the transplant.