That would be a fittingly economical epitaph on the tombstone of Anthony Stokes. A 17 year-old Georgia teen (as of course many teens are much older) who, in his too-long life managed to mau-mau a million dollar heart transplantation from a shamefully cowed medical community. A gift he spent the next 24 months living down to before belatedly expiring in a climax of home invasion, auto theft, gunfire, and sudden deceleration. That kind of lifestyle’s hard on your heart, boy.
Daily Mail helpfully provides the bullet points:
* Anthony Stokes died on Tuesday after he crashed a stolen car into a pole while fleeing from the scene of an attempted burglary in Roswell, Georgia.
* He had fired at an elderly woman after breaking into her home
* Less than two years ago, he was given a life-saving heart transplant
* He was initially denied the surgery because doctors said he had previously failed to take medication so would be ‘non-compliant’ with the treatment
* But they changed their minds following pressure from civil rights groups and the boy’s family, who said he had been stereotyped as a troubled teen
* After the transplant, he said he was grateful for a second chance at life
Anthony Stokes a troubled teen? SMH.
In the US an average of 21 people per day die waiting for organ transplants. A healthy heart is an extraordinarily coveted resource. And how did a person with the content of Anthony Stokes’ character come to be in possession of one? Why even bother to ask?
He had been given just six to nine months to live but the hospital initially refused to put him on the waiting list for a new organ because they thought he would be ‘non-compliant’ with the treatment.
Patients can be disqualified from getting a transplant if a hospital doubts they’ll stick to the medication regimen after the operation. At the time, the hospital said that Stokes had failed to take his medication in the past, so his history of non-compliance meant he was not put on the waiting list.
But family and friends alleged that his low school grades and brushes with the law were the real reason he had been ruled out. Stokes’ mother, Melencia Hamilton, told reporters that her son, who wore a court-ordered monitoring device, had been stereotyped as a troubled teen.
Following pressure from national media coverage, the boy’s family, and civil rights groups, the hospital backpedaled in August 2013, and the teenager received a new heart.
‘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,’ spokesman Mark Bell said.
How to even process this capitulation? He had refused to take the prescribed heart medication and was already nestled within the criminal justice system (but don’t stereotype me bro!). So naturally he went to the front of the line. This because of civil rights, raysis, and the media. The latter being a profession that would justly spend its eternity in Hell being hollowed out and used as condoms. Though there’s always another ventricle to each story.
Civil rights organizations are beginning to take up Anthony’s cause, saying a child’s past shouldn’t have anything to do with the medical care they receive. “He’s been given a death sentence because of a broad and vague excuse of non-compliance,” a representative from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Christine Young Brown, said. “There was nothing specific in that decision. Just non-compliance.”
Regardless of Anthony’s specific past, his story fits into a larger pattern of racially-motivated skepticism about young black men. The routine criminalization of black youth — thanks in large part to the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline,” which funnels a disproportionate number of black teens into the justice system for minor infractions — ensures that teens like Anthony are often seen as threats. And once society labels those kids as criminal, suspect, or “non-compliant,” their lives are typically considered to have less value.
Deserving recipients must die so that SJWs may preen. If the staff of Think Progress were the only ones awaiting organs, I would bury every heart in Anthony Stokes’ casket.
And though healthy liberals are prompt to triage the lives of others by inverted merit, I hope they’ll maintain a stoic demeanor when their own loved ones are sacrificed for a two-year extension on a good boy.
I know you wanted to live honey, but we insisted precious Jamiroquai get the heart. Once he was labeled by the school-to-prison pipeline as a quote-unquote criminal we just couldn’t bear to see his life have less value. You understand, right sweetie?
Do that liberals and you could at last gibber with some dignity.
But since there are more in need of a heart than hearts to have, difficult decisions are required. It was decided that Anthony Stokes should occupy the front of the line. Would you like to meet three people who did not?
If you’ll forgive the tautology, deciding who gets a heart is deciding who does not. And while we may not agree, it must be conceded that liberals have a regimented process for who those will be. #bysocialconstruct.
A clarification: the photos of the deceased above are of people who died on a heart waiting list, though not one related to Stokes specifically. I don’t know the exact parties who were passed over for his latest pump.